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Archaea Energy starts operations of massive RNG facility

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Archaea Energy, a leader in producing high-quality renewable natural gas (RNG), announced it started operations of the Project Assai; an RNG facility located at the Keystone Sanitary Landfill in Dunmore, Pennsylvania. The project, which started pumping gas on December 30, has the highest operational capacity in the world.

Firstly, the project underwent two years of construction. It reached commercial operations and commissioning on schedule and budget. These two years of development where materially shorter than industry averages for landfill gas to RNG development projects, including projects of much smaller size.

Moreover, Assai has an inlet capacity of 22,500 scfm; it combines landfill gas flows from the Keystone Sanitary Landfill and the Waste Management Alliance Landfill. As a result of its massive capacity, the project will help reduce around 200,000 metric tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Furthermore, the project will deliver 4 million MMBtu of RNG annually at projected flows, methane recovery, and uptime, resulting in over $40 million of annual projected EBITDA. The project will also benefit from long-term gas rights agreements at landfills with decades of capacity.

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Archaea Energy CEO thankful with partners

In fact, around 80% of the total RNG volumes that the project will produce, have already long-term contracts with FortisBC Energy Inc., Énergir, L.P., and The Regents of the University of California, for periods of up to 20 years.

Nick Stork, Archaea Energy CEO, said about the matter. “Completion of Assai is a monumental moment for Archaea. I would first like to thank our team. They worked day and night, overcame obstacles, and ignored many voices who said this couldn’t be done, let alone completed safely, under budget, and on an accelerated timeframe not seen before in our industry.”

Finally, he also commented. “I am also thankful for our partnerships with Waste Management, UGI, the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection and our commercial partners, FortisBC Energy Inc., Énergir, L.P., and The University of California System, who have all made meaningful long-term commitments to decarbonization.”

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