Chesapeake Utilities’ landfill RNG pipeline construction complete
The firm’s subsidiary, Aspire Energy, constructed the 33.1-mile pipeline, which will transport RNG generated from Noble Road Landfill in Shiloh to Aspire Energy’s pipeline system, displacing ‘conventionally produced’ natural gas. Aspire also upgraded an existing compressor station and installed two new metering and regulation sites.
Chesapeake Utilities invested $7.3 million (€6.29 million) in the project, which was constructed in just over six months. Throughput of the RNG is expected to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. The company expects to generate gross margin of $100,000 (€86,000) in 2021; $750,000 (€646,000) annually in 2022 through to 2025, and $1 million (€860,000) in 2026 and thereafter.
“We’ve made a strategic decision to actively support the sustainability efforts of the communities we serve,” said Chesapeake Utilities’ president and CEO, Jeff Householder. “Included in that commitment is an active engagement in environmental stewardship and the development and supply of lower-carbon energy sources, like RNG.
“The Noble Road pipeline represents the first of many RNG projects under development that will deliver energy that contributes to a sustainable future. Transporting RNG from the landfill through our pipeline system provides a path to makes that supports the economics of biogas production and significantly reduces total carbon emissions.
“The outcome of this collaborative project is a win for customers, the local community, and the environment.”
Aspire joined forces with OPAL Fuels and Rumpke Waste & Recycling, one of the nation’s largest privately-owned residential and commercial waste recycling firms. Rumpke will extract and capture waste methane from the landfill, while OPAL Fuels will utilise its new facility to remove CO2 and other components from the methane, purifying the biogas to pipeline-quality standards.
As well as supplying Aspire’s customers, the RNG will be dispensed into fuelling stations to fuel CNG vehicles, also via OPAL Fuels.
The Noble Road project will capture and transport quantities of RNG equivalent to 6.9 million petrol gas equivalents per year – enough to fuel 725 trucks.