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Inauguration held for Steuben County LFG-to-RNG plant

Inauguration held for Steuben County LFG-to-RNG plant
Mathieu Lefevre (left), CEO of Waga Energy Group; Mike German, CEO of Corning Natural Gas; Kelly R. Fitzpatrick, Steuben County Legislature Chair, R-Bath Town; and Guénaël Prince, CEO of Waga Energy Inc., officially inaugurate an innovative Renewable Natural Gas (RNG) production unit at the Bath Landfill, New York. Approximately 80 people attended the ribbon-cutting ceremony on May 16, 2024, which included a tour of the WAGABOX facility and the Bath landfill, in New York (photo courtesy Waga Energy).

In the United States (US), Waga Energy Inc., a subsidiary of France-headed landfill gas to biomethane technology provider Waga Energy SA, has held the officially opening ceremony of its first landfill gas to renewable new gas project in the country.

Together with local gas utility Corning Natural Gas and officials from Steuben County, New York the innovative renewable natural gas (RNG) production unit at the Bath Landfill was officially inaugurated on May 16, 2024.

The municipal solid waste (MSW) landfill in Bath is authorized to dispose of 280,000 tonnes of waste annually.

Waga Energy will operate and maintain the WAGABOX unit under a 20-year agreement with Steuben County.

This joint project with Steuben County and Corning Natural Gas represents a major milestone in the fight against climate change and for the energy transition, said Guénaël Prince, CEO of Waga Energy Inc.

First US municipality to use WAGABOX tech

Steuben County is the first municipality in the United States to utilize Waga Energy’s WAGABOX technology to upgrade its landfill gas into RNG.

In July 2020, Steuben County solicited proposals for a landfill gas utilization project, and Waga Energy was selected as the preferred developer for the RNG project.

This is a wonderful day for us and future generations. Steuben County is proud to partner with Waga Energy and CNG to bring this project into reality, said Kelly R. Fitzpatrick, Steuben County Legislature Chair, R-Bath Town.

The unit commenced operations on March 15, 2024, and will deliver up to 207,000 MMBtu (60 GWh) of RNG annually into the Corning Natural Gas network.

The RNG produced replaces fossil-derived fuels and will supply the equivalent of 4,000 households annually with clean, local, and renewable energy, avoiding an estimated 13,500 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2eq) emissions per year.

Corning Natural Gas constructed the gas interconnect for this project and accepts the gas produced into its existing gas distribution system.

The project will generate revenue by selling RNG to a private off-taker through a purchase agreement, and the revenue generated will be shared with the county.

We are delighted to be a part of this project that is bringing advanced clean technology to Steuben County, said Mike German, CEO of Corning Natural Gas.

Cryogenic technology

With 15 years of research and development, the WAGABOX technology revolutionizes landfill gas upgrading through cryogenics.

It maximizes the renewable energy production of landfills by producing pipeline-quality RNG, regardless of the LFG variations in flow rate and nitrogen concentration.

Waga Energy now operates 23 WAGABOX units worldwide with 14 more under construction.

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