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Brightmark begins construction of Sobek Renewable Natural Gas project

In the United States (US), Brightmark LLC (Brightmark), a San Francisco, California (CA) based waste-to-energy development company, has recently announced that it has begun construction on the Sobek Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project, which includes the construction of new anaerobic digesters at two Larson family dairy farms in Okeechobee County, Florida (FL).

On November 13, 2020, Brightmark held a groundbreaking ceremony marking the construction start of the Sobek Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) project, which includes the construction of new anaerobic digesters at two Larson family dairy farms in Okeechobee County, Florida (photo courtesy Brightmark).

Announced in January 2020, the new digesters are anticipated to generate about 171 000 MMBtu of renewable natural gas (RNG) annually. The gas will be delivered into the TECO People Gas pipeline system.

The project is part of the recently announced joint venture, Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC, a Brightmark platform in partnership with Chevron U.S.A. Inc.

Brightmark developed the project on the farms are owned by Larson Dairy, Inc. and JM Larson, Inc., and now, through the JV with Chevron, will own and operate it once construction is complete in 2021.

Brightmark has been a good partner in the development of this project. We are glad the technology and economics are coming together to support our environmental and sustainability goals. Cows are the ultimate recyclers, creating wholesome milk from byproducts of the citrus, ethanol, brewing, and textile industries. This technology now also allows us to convert manure to energy and improve the environment, said Woody Larson, a participating farmer.

When fully operational, the benefits of the Sobek RNG project include offsetting 57 400 tonnes of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions each year and generating 469 MMBtu of renewable gas per day.

We are thrilled to partner with Larson Dairy Farms and JM Larson Farms to build and operate carbon-negative RNG projects in Florida and deliver environmental and economic benefits to Okeechobee County. These projects advance our mission of reimagining waste into new parts of the country while supporting local communities with innovative solutions that produce clean fuels, reduce GHG emissions, and provide new sources of income to farmers, said Bob Powell, Founder, and CEO of Brightmark.

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