Project redirects methane gas from landfill

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - A groundbreaking was held Wednesday for a project to harness methane gas from a north Baton Rouge landfill.

The $12 million project will redirect methane gas from the Baton Rouge Parish Municipal Waste North Landfill to both ExxonMobil's Polyolefins plant in Baton Rouge and the Novolyte Technologies chemical plant in Zachary. The gas will be used in place of natural gas to fire boilers at the plants.

Siemens Industry's Building Technologies Division will design and build the methane gas collection system at the landfill, as well as the 3.75 mile pipeline to move the gas to ExxonMobil's plant and the 1.5 mile pipeline to Novolyte Technologies' plant.

Baton Rouge is estimated to receive royalties of up to $1 million per year as a result of the project. ExxonMobil and Novolyte Technologies could each save up to $800,000 each year.

The project is expected to be up and running by the end of summer.

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