Fortistar and Rumpke Waste & Recycling began the construction of the Noble Road Landfill Renewable Natural Gas Project, a $33 million transportation decarbonization initiative in Shiloh, Ohio. The plant will extract and capture waste methane from the Noble Road landfill and transform it into renewable natural gas, which will be distributed through Chesapeake Utilities Corporation affiliate Aspire Energy’s pipelines. The fuel will be dispensed at Trustar Energy’s CNG stations.
The Noble Road Project will capture 20,323 tons of methane emissions, the equivalent of 49,940 tons of carbon dioxide, per year and produce biomethane. It will produce 6.9 million gallons of gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) per year, which is enough to fuel 725 CNG trucks—displacing diesel fuel for those vehicles. It will also create approximately 35 to 40 construction jobs and three permanent green operations jobs to ensure the ongoing production of this sustainable energy source.
“We believe that this should be the future for all landfills. At Fortistar, we repurpose the captured methane in a way that benefits local communities, environments and economies,” said Mark Comora, President at Fortistar. “That’s why we’re working with major innovators like Chesapeake Utilities Corporation, Air Liquide and partnering with Rumpke, which was recognized this year by Deloitte as one of the best managed companies in the U.S.”
“Our commitment is to the communities where we operate facilities and service customers,” said Area President, Andrew Rumpke. “Partnering with Fortistar on this renewable natural gas project aligns with our mission to deliver complete service solutions that provide long-term, positive and sustainable environmental and economic impacts. This project does just that.”
The project includes the construction of a new state-of-the-art facility that will utilize advanced, patented technology to treat landfill gas by removing carbon dioxide and other components to purify the gas and produce pipeline quality renewable natural gas. The process includes proprietary membranes provided by Air Liquide.
This initiative advances an aggressive renewable fuels growth strategy at Fortistar aimed at helping businesses and public agencies dramatically reduce GHG emissions with a cost-effective and proven solution today. This is the fourth of 12 new Fortistar renewable natural gas projects with an investment of nearly $500 million, which is expected to enter construction over the next year. When completed over the next three years, these new projects will help produce 120 million GGE of biomethane and reduce U.S. transportation emissions by 2 million metric tons of CO2 annually, which is the equivalent of taking approximately 424,628 passenger cars off the road.