Chesapeake Utilities Corp. has completed construction of its Noble Road Landfill renewable natural gas (RNG) pipeline project in Ohio and is projected to flow gas by the end of the year.
The 33.1-mile pipeline is designed to transport RNG generated from the Noble Road landfill in Shiloh, OH, to subsidiary Aspire Energy’s pipeline system. The RNG would displace conventional natural gas.
In conjunction, Aspire upgraded an existing compressor station and installed two metering and regulation sites. Aspire owns and operates gas gathering infrastructure, including more than 2,700 miles of pipeline, throughout 40 Ohio counties.
The $7.3 million project took about six months to complete, the company said. In addition to supplying Aspire customers, the RNG would be dispensed into fueling stations for compressed natural gas vehicles via distributor Opal Fuels.
Chesapeake Utilities CEO Jeff Householder said the pipeline “represents the first of many RNG projects under development that will deliver energy that contributes to a sustainable future. Transporting RNG from the landfill through our pipeline system provides a path to markets that supports the economics of the biogas production and significantly reduces total carbon emissions.”
RNG projects are gaining momentum across the United States as companies look to decarbonize.
BP plc announced two RNG supply deals in August, while Chevron Corp. more recently has unveiled plans to expand its RNG business. Canadian midstream giant Enbridge Inc. is also investing up to $100 million in the U.S. RNG sector as part of its strategy to lower its carbon footprint.
According to Vanguard Renewables, a developer of farm-based anaerobic digestion facilities that convert food waste and dairy manure into RNG, customers find the fuel attractive because it can be used immediately. “It really is a drop-in replacement fuel, and it is an incredibly practical and available solution today,” CEO John Hanselman told NGI recently.
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