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Clean Energy Fuels breaks ground on Texas RNG digester

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Clean Energy Fuels Corp has broken ground on an RNG digester at Del Rio Dairy in Texas.

This marks the first in a joint venture with TotalEnergies to produce the ultra-clean transportation fuel, which will be negative carbon-intensive. All the RNG fuel produced at Del Rio Dairy in Friona will make its way into Clean Energy’s nationwide network of RNG stations.

Once complete, the Del Rio Dairy digester project will capture waste from more than 7,500 milking cows and generate around 1.1 million gallons of RNG annually.

“With a growing focus on capturing methane highlighted by the recent discussions at COP26, the Del Rio Dairy RNG project is significant on many levels,” said Andrew Littlefair, president and CEO of Clean Energy Fuels.

“It brings together concerned parties ranging from a family-owned dairy, to one of the world’s leading and most sustainably-minded energy companies, TotalEnergies, to manage greenhouse gas emissions and tackle global warming.

“When the RNG produced here goes into the tank of a large vehicle, it will usually be replacing a much dirtier fuel, demonstrating the unique qualities of RNG as the cleanest fuel in the world.”

On 17 November, Littlefair participated in a ground-breaking ceremony with members of the Gingg family, who own Del Rio Dairy, alongside executives from TotalEnergies, and Montrose Environmental Group.

Rocky Gingg, of Del Rio Dairy, commented: “Del Rio is a family-owned and operated dairy with multiple generations of Ginggs involved in running it. We take great pride in the sustainable way in which we operate.

“By adding an RNG digester to our operation, we will be able to say to future generations that we are helping to address serious climate change issues that impact the world they live in.”