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Opening of a renewable natural gas facility in Dunmore

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Archaea Energy, a renewable natural gas (RNG) company, successfully started the Assai project, a RNG facility located at the Keystone landfill in Dunmore, Pa., On December 30.

The facility has the highest RNG operational capacity in the world. The inlet capacity is 22,500 standard cubic feet per minute, and it combines the landfill gas streams from the Keystone landfill and the Waste Management Alliance landfill.

Archaea expects the facility to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by over 200,000 metric tonnes per year and significantly reduce many types of air pollutants by over 90%.

In addition, the company expects the facility to deliver over 4 million UK thermal units of RNG per year at expected flow rates, methane recovery and uptime. This should translate into over $ 40 million in annual profit before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization.

Approximately 80 percent of the RNG produced will be delivered, on a long-term contract and fixed-cost basis, to the Regents of the University of California, FortisBC Energy and Énergir, LP. The contracts are for periods of up to 20 years.

The facility was built in less than two years and on budget.

Houston-based Archaea Energy is partnering with landfills and farmers to turn potential sources of emissions into RNG and turn their facilities into renewable energy hubs.