Construction is underway at a $60 million landfill-gas-to-electricity plant in southern California.
The facility, being built on the 725-acre Frank R. Bowerman landfill east of Irvine, will be financed by Caterpillar Financial Services and built and operated by Bowerman Power, a subsidiary of Pennsylvania-based Montauk Energy.
Dave Herrman, Montauk Energy’s chief executive officer, says the corporation will be moving quickly to complete the construction of the 113,000-square-foot facility. The plant will feature Caterpillar reciprocating engines that have gas cleanup and emissions reduction technologies that will meet all local-state-federal air quality requirements, Herrman says.
It will be completed and operational by early 2016.
The plant will captures landfill gas created by the millions of tons of waste buried at Bowerman. The gas, a natural byproduct of solid waste decomposition, contains high amounts of methane, which is a prevalent greenhouse gas.
The gas will be converted to an estimated 160,000 MWh of electricity. The electricity will be sold to Anaheim Public Utility to power residences, schools and businesses in that city.
The Bowerman plant will be Orange County’s fourth gas-to-energy facility. Altogether, the four facilities will produce 400,000 MW of electricity annually.
Last year officials from French waste management and services company Véolia Propreté, energy services company Dalkia and distributed power services provider Clarke Energy have inaugurated the Electr’od landfill gas-powered cogeneration plant in Plessis-Gassot.