Opal Fuels LLC, a vertically integrated producer and marketer of renewable natural gas (RNG), announced on March 3 that it had commenced commercial operation of a new facility to extract and capture waste methane from the Noble Road landfill. from Rumpke Waste & Recycling, process it into RNG and transport it through Chesapeake Utilities Corp.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Aspire Energy of Ohio. A subsidiary of NextEra Energy Resources, LLC is co-owner of the project.
The new state-of-the-art facility, located in Shiloh, Ohio, uses advanced, patented technology to treat landfill gas by removing carbon dioxide and other components to purify biogas and produce pipeline-grade RNG. Aspire Energy has constructed a 33.1-mile pipeline, which will transport RNG to the company’s pipeline network. Fuel will be dispensed at Opal Fuels service stations and Rumpke trucks will also be fueled using this GNR, replacing diesel fuel.
The Noble Road project is expected to produce approximately 6.9 million gallons of gasoline equivalent (GGE) per year of RNG. The project is also expected to reduce methane emissions from the landfill by around 20,000 tonnes per year. Methane is 28 to 36 times more efficient than CO2 to trap heat in the atmosphere over a period of 100 years. In addition, the project will help reduce CO2 emissions of more than 48,000 tons per year. The annual emissions reduction expected from this project is equivalent to CO2 the emissions of more than 54 million gallons of gasoline, approximately 1.1 million barrels of oil consumed, or the carbon sequestered by more than 570,000 acres of US 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 RNG producer and supplier, we are proud to work with landfill operators such as Rumpke to unlock new revenue streams, reduce methane emissions and help the heavy-haul industry achieve the net zero – really a win-win scenario.
“Working with Opal Fuels to build a state-of-the-art facility aligns with our vision to set industry standards for landfill management and operations,” said Andrew Rumpke, Area President. is from Rumpke Waste & Recycling. “Our mission is to provide full-service solutions that deliver long-term, positive and sustainable environmental and economic impacts, and this project does just that.”
“We are excited to partner with Opal Fuels in the transportation of low-carbon, renewable natural gas,” said Jeff Householder, president and CEO, Chesapeake Utilities Corp. “This project supports our strategic decision to actively support the sustainable development efforts of the communities we serve. ”
RNG is the natural by-product of landfills and animal waste, captured and processed before it escapes into the atmosphere or needs to be burned, and represents an immediate solution to the current problem of climate change caused by methane emissions. The project demonstrates Opal Fuels’ continued execution of its growth strategy, led by a proven team with a proven track record in waste-to-energy recovery. Opal Fuels’ expertise in capturing methane from landfills and dairy farms helps its partners and customers accelerate their ESG goals while decarbonizing the heavy trucking industry. Additionally, Opal Fuels helps create new revenue streams for upstream partners and generate savings for downstream customers.