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OPAL Fuels, GFL Renewables to build two RNG plants

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OPAL Fuels has formed a 50/50 joint venture (JV) with GFL Renewables to develop new RNG production facilities in the US.

The JV between OPAL Fuels, a producer and distributor of RNG, and GFL Renewables, an affiliate of the fourth-largest diversified environmental services company in North America (GFL Environmental), will include the development, construction, and operation of two new RNG production facilities.

The new plants will capture methane emissions from landfill facilities owned and operated by GFL. These emissions will then be converted into clean, renewable energy for use as a transportation fuel for heavy-duty trucks.

“OPAL Fuels is extremely excited to be a part of this JV with industry leader GFL on these RNG facilities,” said Adam Comora, co-CEO of OPAL Fuels.

“This is truly a win-win scenario as we are able to close the loop on methane emissions from GFL’s landfill facilities from its capture, processing, delivery and utilisation as RNG in their fleet to replace diesel.”

Comora said OPAL Fuels is looking forward to other potential development opportunities with GFL to assist them in “unlocking value” within their company and advancing sustainability goals.

The first new project in Michigan is expected to produce 2 million MMBtu of pipeline-quality RNG annually. This will be one of the largest RNG projects in the country, based on the volume of landfill gas. It is hoped the plant will begin commercial operations in early 2023.

The second project, located in North Carolina, is expected to produce more than 1 million MMBtu of RNG per year, with anticipated commercial operations beginning in mid-2023.

OPAL Fuels, a FORTISTAR portfolio company, will be responsible for overseeing the development, construction and operation of the two plants, as well as marketing the fuel. The company also currently operates an RNG facility at a GFL landfill site in Pennsylvania that produces around 890,000 MMBtu of RNG annually.