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Nopetro Renewables breaks ground on LFG-to-RNG project

Nopetro Renewables breaks ground on LFG-to-RNG project
An artist's rendering of the Vero Beach Nopetro Eco District (image courtesy Nopetro Energy).

In the United States (US), Nopetro Renewables LLC, the development arm of Nopetro Energy LLC, a turnkey producer, distributor, and operator of renewable natural gas (RNG), and liquefied natural gas (LNG) solutions across North America, has announced that it broke ground on Southern Florida’s first landfill gas (LFG) to RNG facility in Indian River County.

Named Vero Beach Nopetro Eco District, the US$40 million facility in Vero Beach is estimated to initially produce 3 million gallons (≈ 11.36 million litres) of RNG a year and prevent 30,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions

Expected to be completed in early 2025, the project is the largest investment in Indian River County in the past three years, adding more than 40 local jobs through construction and operation.

This facility marks a significant milestone for Nopetro and a monumental step toward unlocking sustainable opportunities in Florida – and across North America – as we transform waste into valuable energy resources. There’s no better time than the present to introduce creative, turnkey, and smarter energy solutions to the Sunshine State as we strive for a bright future for our children and future generations. Congratulations to Indian River County on this achievement and for taking proactive steps to address our shared environmental concerns, said Jorge Herrera, CEO of Nopetro Energy.

The new facility will receive landfill gas (LFG), and refine it into biomethane aka renewable natural gas (RNG). After a purification process, the RNG will be pipeline-ready, creating cleaner fuel for buses and trucks, and cleaner air for the surrounding community.

The plant is estimated to provide as much as 80 percent of the natural gas used in Indian River County annually, offsetting fossil-based natural gas demand within the local community.

This facility is innovation at work, merging economic benefits and environmental benefits into one project, said Indian River County Commission Chair Susan Adams.

Nopetro Renewables partnered with Mead & Hunt, an architectural, engineering, planning, and construction services firm, to design and construct the facility.

Through the execution of approximately 75 landfill gas-to-beneficial reuse projects across more than 25 states, Mead & Hunt’s team has a proven engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) approach to renewable energy project delivery. Bringing our experience as industry leaders in landfill gas-to-energy projects, and with several Florida offices, we are making a positive impact on the local environment by reducing greenhouse gases. As with all of our projects, safety is our priority, said Doug Tholo, Energy Project Developer at Mead & Hunt.

In addition to Nopetro Renewables, its renewable production arm, Nopetro Energy operates 15 RNG fueling facilities across Florida with expansion plans. The RNG is compressed into bioCNG and is used to fuel transit and fleet operations; for example, Nopetro currently fuels the entire transit system in Central Florida via a partnership with the Central Florida Transit Authority.

All of Nopetro Energy’s natural gas feedstock is produced via renewable sources, including landfills and wastewater treatment plants (WWTPs).

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