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Fortistar and NRSWA partner on Florida RNG project

In the United States (US), Fortistar LLC, a privately-owned investment firm that acquires, manages, and grows companies and projects that address global environmental challenges, and the New River Solid Waste Association (NRSWA) in Raiford, Florida (FL), have announced the construction of a facility that will capture and convert approximately 1 900 dekatherms per day of landfill methane to renewable natural gas (RNG).

New River Solid Waste Association (NRSWA) is a publicly owned waste facility in Raiford, Florida (FL) formed as an association of three-member counties – Baker, Bradford, and Union. The facility accept contracted waste from out-of-region locations. Together with Fortistar, the New River RNG Project will collect landfill gas and convert it to renewable natural gas (RNG) to fuel natural gas vehicles via TruStar Energy (photo courtesy NRSWA).

The project, formally known as the New River RNG Project, will collect naturally occurring methane from the NRSWA municipal solid waste landfill, covert it to RNG, and use it to fuel natural gas vehicles via TruStar Energy, a Fortistar portfolio company.

The New River RNG project includes the construction of a new facility that will utilize advanced, patented technology to treat landfill gas by removing carbon dioxide and other components to purify the gas and produce pipeline-quality RNG.

As an investment firm that’s focused on implementing more decarbonization solutions across the country, funding and supporting this renewable energy project in Florida was an easy decision. Creating fuel for transportation is a solution available today to significantly decrease human-related greenhouse gas emissions. NRSWA maintains an excellent reputation in waste management in Florida and we’re looking forward to working with them to capture greenhouse gases, displace diesel trucks, and produce cleaner fuel for a more sustainable future, said Mark Comora, President of Fortistar.

Membrane separation technology

The process includes proprietary membranes provided by Air Liquide, a multinational leading company in gases, technologies, and services for industry and health. The new facility will also involve a Vilter Single Screw Gas Compressor, which delivers longer life, higher reliability, and better energy efficiency.

At full output, the New River facility will extract 2 500 standard cubic feet per minute (scfm) of landfill gas and produce 5.1 million gas gallon equivalents (GGE) of RNG per annum. The overall project reduces emissions by 35 000 tonnes of CO2e annually.

SCS Engineers, a California-based environmental consulting and construction firm, will build the facility under an engineering, procure, and construction (EPC) contract, which will create approximately 35 to 40 construction jobs.

NRSWA is excited about partnering with Fortistar on this important and industry-leading project. This will be the first project to convert gas from a municipal solid waste landfill to RNG in Florida and we are happy we are able to lead the way. New River has always worked to manage solid waste in a sustainable way and this project is one more step toward New River becoming a fully sustainable solid waste treatment facility, said Perry Kent, Executive Director, NRSWA

The fifth of 12 new Fortistar RNG projects

This New River Landfill RNG Project advances an aggressive renewable fuels growth strategy at Fortistar aimed at helping businesses and public agencies dramatically reduce GHG emissions with a cost-effective and proven solution today.

The project is the fifth of 12 new Fortistar RNG projects requiring nearly US$500 million of new capital investment, which are all expected to enter construction over the next year. When completed, these new projects will help produce 120 million GGE of RNG and reduce US transportation emissions by 2 million tonnes of CO2 annually,

According to the US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), landfill gas presents a major opportunity to capture and use a significant and often-wasted energy resource. Landfill gas, which is roughly 50 percent methane, is a natural byproduct of the decomposition of organic material in landfills. Methane is a potent greenhouse gas (GHG) that traps 28 to 36 times more heat in the atmosphere than carbon dioxide over a 100-year period.

The EPA also notes that municipal solid waste landfills are the third-largest source of human-related methane emissions in the US, accounting for 15.1 percent of these emissions in 2018. EPA data also highlights the transportation sector as one of the largest contributors to US GHG emissions accounting for 28 percent in 2018.

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