OPAL Fuels starts operations at Ohio RNG facility

OPAL Fuels has started commercial operations at its new landfill gas-to-RNG facility in Ohio, US.

The facility extracts and captures waste methane from Rumpke Waste & Recycling’s Noble Road Landfill, transforming it into RNG and transporting it through Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Aspire Energy. An affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources is a joint owner of the project.

The state-of-the-art plant in Shiloh uses advanced, patented technology to treat landfill gas by removing CO2 and other components to purify the biogas and produce pipeline-quality RNG. Aspire Energy built a 33.1-mile pipeline, which will transport the RNG to the company’s pipeline system.

The Noble Road project is expected to produce around 6.9 million gasoline gallon equivalents of RNG annually. The fuel will be dispensed at OPAL Fuels’s refuelling stations and Rumpke trucks will also be fuelled using the RNG, displacing diesel fuel.

The project is also expected to reduce the landfill’s methane emissions by approximately 20,000 tons per year. The expected annual emissions reduction from this project is equivalent to the CO2 emissions from over 54 million gallons of petrol, approximately 1.1 million barrels of oil consumed, or the carbon sequestered by more than 570,000 acres of US forests in one year.

“We have worked closely with Rumpke and Aspire Energy to make the Noble Road biogas upgrading facility a reality,” said Adam Comora, co-CEO of OPAL Fuels.

“As an end-to-end producer and supplier of RNG, we are proud to work with landfill operators such as Rumpke to unlock new revenue streams, reduce methane emissions, and help the heavy-duty transportation industry get to net zero – a truly win-win scenario.”

Rumpke Waste & Recycling’s East Area president, Andrew Rumpke, commented: “Working with OPAL Fuels to construct a state-of-the-art facility aligns with our vision to set industry standards for landfill management and operations.

“Our mission is to deliver complete service solutions that provide long-term, positive, and sustainable environmental and economic impacts, and this project does just that.”

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