Beginning in Late 2013, an Initial 4 Million Gallons Per Year
Republic Services (NYSE:RSG) and Clean Energy have outlined a second landfill gas project, pledging to begin producing biomethane from Republic’s North Shelby Landfill in Millington, Tenn. “for multiple uses including as a vehicle fuel.”
Republic’s Tennessee pact with the Clean Energy Renewable Fuels unit of Clean Energy Fuels Corp (NASDAQ:CLNE), is the second of its kind between the two firms. Their first biomethane venture, at Republic’s Sauk Trails Landfill in Canton, Mich., is in startup now (F&F, August 6).
CERF will build a high-BTU plant at the North Shelby facility, with product to be injected into the U.S. natural gas grid. “The gas may be compressed and distributed for a variety of different uses, including vehicle fuel and as renewable power or other industrial use customers,” Republic says.
During its first year of operation, the Tennessee plant is expected to turn out approximately 4 million diesel gallon equivalents of renewable natural gas. If the product is used to fuel trucks, it could support about 260 trucks for a year, Republic says. “Production is expected to steadily increase to more than 5.7 million diesel gallon equivalents annually during the first 10 years of operations. Production is expected to begin in late 2013.”
“This relationship allows us to make the highest and best use of the energy potential in our landfills,” Republic Services Brian Bales business development VP said in a release.
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