OPAL Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and distributor of renewable natural gas, has commenced commercial operation of a new facility to extract and capture waste methane from Rumpke Waste & Recycling’s Noble Road Landfill, transform it into biomethane and transport it through Chesapeake Utilities Corporation’s wholly owned subsidiary Aspire Energy of Ohio. An affiliate of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is a joint owner of the project.
The new, state-of-the-art facility, located in Shiloh, Ohio, utilizes advanced, patented technology to treat landfill gas by removing CO2 and other components to purify the biogas and produce pipeline quality renewable natural gas. Aspire Energy constructed a 33.1-mile pipeline, which will transport the gas to the company’s pipeline system. The fuel will be dispensed at OPAL Fuels fueling stations, and Rumpke trucks will also be fueled using this bio-CNG, displacing diesel fuel.
The Noble Road project is anticipated to produce approximately 6.9 million gasoline gallon equivalents (GGE) per year of biomethane. It is also expected to reduce the landfill’s methane emissions by approximately 20,000 tons per year. Additionally, the project will help reduce CO2 emissions by more than 48,000 tons per year. The expected annual emissions reduction from this project is equivalent to CO2 emissions from over 54 million gallons of gasoline, approximately 1.1 million barrels of oil consumed, or carbon sequestered by more than 570,000 acres of U.S. forests in one year.
“We have worked closely with Rumpke and Aspire Energy to make the Noble Road biogas upgrading facility a reality,” said Adam Comora, Co-CEO of OPAL Fuels. “As an end-to-end producer and supplier of renewable natural gas, we are proud to work with landfill operators such as Rumpke to unlock new revenue streams, reduce methane emissions and help the heavy-duty transportation industry get to net-zero – truly a win-win-win scenario.”
“Working with OPAL Fuels to construct a state-of-the-art facility aligns with our vision to set industry standards for landfill management and operations,” said Andrew Rumpke, East Area President for Rumpke Waste & Recycling. “Our mission is to deliver complete service solutions that provide long-term, positive and sustainable environmental and economic impacts, and this project does just that.”
“We are pleased to collaborate with OPAL Fuels in transporting low-carbon renewable natural gas,” said Jeff Householder, president and CEO, Chesapeake Utilities Corp. “This project supports our strategic decision to actively support the sustainability efforts of the communities we serve.”