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TNRE partners with Weitz, DRANCO on organic waste AD projects

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True North Renewable Energy (TNRE) has chosen The Weitz Company and DRANCO as the engineering, procurement, and construction technology partners for its organic waste-to-renewable energy projects in the US.

TNRE develops, owns, and operates organics-to-renewable energy plants, including large scale, regional high-solids AD infrastructure. These facilities reuse and repurpose organic resources diverted from landfills to create beneficial, sustainable products, including biomethane and soil-amending compost.

Weitz-DRANCO has agreed to support TNRE on an established basis to provide the necessary technology expertise required for TNRE’s state-of-the-art anaerobic digestion (AD)/advanced composting facilities.

Weitz is a full-service construction company, general contractor, design-builder and construction manager with locations across the US. DRANCO (formerly OWS) specialises in the construction and operation of AD plants for solid waste organics and organic waste management consultancy.

TNRE is currently developing three facilities in Imperial County and Kern County, California, and Yuma County, Arizona. Each plant will be able to process 600,000 tons per year of organic material, producing up to 1 million MMBtu per year of RNG while reducing pollutants by 160,000 MT of CO2 equivalent per year.

Each of these new facilities requires an investment of over $250 million (€229 million) and will make a ‘significant’ contribution towards providing the infrastructure needed to meet California’s climate goals. TNRE is already well advanced in the permitting process of these sites and expects the first plant to be under construction by the end of the year and fully operational by the start of 2025.

“The partnership between TNRE and Weitz-DRANCO will allow jurisdictions throughout California to take advantage of advanced organics recycling capabilities,” said Luc De Baere, president of DRANCO.

“The patented DRANCO technology has been utilised in 35 full-scale reference plants in 14 different countries, with a combined capacity of over one million tons per year, with two more under construction.

“Weitz has worked on 90+ projects throughout California over the past 30 years. Weitz’s experienced resume combined with DRANCO’s design will ensure TNRE accelerates proven digestion technology throughout the state.”






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