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Waste Management forms partnership to recover landfill gas

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A trash hauler with several locations in the midstate is teaming up with engineers and a power company to produce renewable fuels and chemicals from biogas and natural gas using smaller-scale gas-to-liquids technology.

Waste Management -- with locations in Camp Hill, York, Lancaster and elsewhere in central Pennsylvania -- is working with Ventech Engineers International LLC, NRG Energy Inc. and Velocys PLC on the project.

Waste Management already has a landfill-gas-recovery demonstration unit in Oklahoma that has 10,000 hours of operation so far, according to a company news release.

The joint venture’s first facility is under development and will be at Waste Management’s East Oak site in Oklahoma. The joint venture intends to make a final decision to proceed on this first plant this year. Engineering and design work is substantially complete, final draft permitting documents have been submitted, and development activities for additional facilities are expected to start soon, according to the release.

Ventech has optimized the unit’s design operation. NRG has experience developing large renewable capital projects and expertise in the acquisition and transportation of large quantities of natural gas, according to the release. Velocys will supply the Fischer-Tropsch reactor and catalyst.

“From developing gas recovery and cleanup techniques, to registering GTL diesel as a fuel for on-highway use, Waste Management has been a leader in this area,” said Joe Vaillancourt, vice president of corporate venturing. “We are pleased to take this opportunity forward with a very strong team. Velocys’ leading smaller-scale GTL technology, Ventech’s engineering capabilities, and NRG’s clean energy development expertise will complement Waste Management’s strengths in the joint venture.”

Waste Management trades its stock on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol WM.

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