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Kinetrex Energy, WVPA start construction on RNG facilities

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Kinetrex Energy, a Kinder Morgan (KMI) company, and Wabash Valley Power Alliance (WVPA) have started construction activities for three previously announced RNG facilities.

The three sites in Indiana are located at the Twin Bridges Landfill in Danville, the Prairie View Landfill in Wyatt, and the Liberty Landfill in Monticello. Upon completion, they are expected to produce a total of 3.5 billion cubic feet of RNG annually.

Kinetrex Energy expects to invest $146 million (€125 million) to construct RNG facilities to process gas purchased from WVPA. Waste Management, which owns the three landfills, will operate the new RNG facilities. WVPA will continue to have generation facilities at the sites that will remain in operation.

The new RNG plants will capture methane produced from the landfills and convert the methane into pipeline-quality natural gas. The RNG generated from the facilities will be sold pursuant to long-term contracts to Kinetrex Energy’s compressed RNG and liquefied RNG vehicle transportation customers located throughout the eastern US.

“We are pleased to join WVPA, which has a long history in the landfill gas space, on this initiative to bring additional renewable fuels and low-carbon solutions to the marketplace,” said KMI president of renewable natural gas, Aaron Johnson.

“We expect these facilities will produce renewable fuels that will ultimately replace approximately 28 million gallons of traditional diesel each year, lowering GHG emissions by about 280,000 tons. That’s like taking 60,000 vehicles off the road annually – a significant contribution toward reducing methane emissions.”

Brian Fitzgerald, WVPA executive vice president of engineering and operations, said the opportunity to work with Kinetrex has created a ‘win-win’ for its membership.

“As a result of this project, Kinetrex becomes a cooperative member and WVPA’s involvement affords the production of alternative energy resources that will benefit our environment.

“As our industry continues the transition to a sustainable future, enabling the creation of renewable energy is a significant point of pride for our organisation.”

Commercial operations are expected to begin in autumn 2022, pending required permits and certifications.