Brightmark RNG, a joint venture between Chevron U.S.A. and Brightmark, has delivered the first gas at its Lawnhurst site in Western New York.
The previously announced partnership owns project companies across the US to produce and market dairy biomethane (RNG).
Lawnhurst Farm is one of three farm partners in Western New York involves in the Helios Project. Each has signed supply agreements with Brightmark indicating their intent to provide dairy manure from their herds to serve as feedstock for the three existing anaerobic digesters on the farms.
When all three digesters are online, they are expected to produce almost 187,000 MMBtu per year – enough to drive approximately 3,000 18-wheeler trucks from San Francisco to New York City.
“Achieving first gas at Lawnhurst Farms is a tremendous milestone, not only for the Lawnhurst Project but also for Brightmark’s RNG production ambitions as a whole,” said Brightmark founder and CEO, Bob Powell.
“It marks a major step as we continue to prove the economic viability and notable lower-carbon benefits of partnering with Chevron and our country’s essential farmers to help reduce carbon emissions.”
Andy Wals, president of Chevron’s Americas Fuels & Lubricants, commented: “First gas at the Lawnhurst site is the first of many milestones we expect in our partnership with Brightmark, supporting our commitment to meet customers’ growing demand for renewable products.”