Waste Management starts work on Illinois landfill gas project
Oct 17, 2013 - US company Waste Management Inc (NYSE:WM) on Thursday celebrated the launch of construction works on a green gas plant in the state of Illinois that is to process some 3,500 cu ft of landfill gas per minute.
The facility, to be installed at the Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, will capture, filter and compress the gas and feed it into the pipelines of Ameren Illinois, a unit of US utility Ameren Corp (NYSE:AEE). The plant is expected to start biogas deliveries late next summer, Waste Management said.
The pipeline-quality renewable natural gas produced in Illinois will go to other sites, including to other bases of Waste Management. The company explained that it will use the fuel for its truck fleets and other equipment.
Waste Management has another landfill gas capture plant in Ohio and an installation in California that produces ultra-low-carbon liquefied natural gas (LNG) from landfill gas. In total, there are 134 projects on landfills operated by the firm where landfill gas emissions are captured for power generation, renewable gas production or to displace fossil fuels in other applications. Waste Management noted that public landfills make no exception and are also taking advantage of the opportunity to capture and use that form of renewable gas.