BR Council approves landfill methane gas contract
The Metro Council approved a 20-year contract Wednesday that will earn the parish $33 million.
Siemens Building Technology Inc. and Baton Rouge Renewable Energy LLC will install a methane gas collection system at the North Landfill and pipelines to carry the gas to ExxonMobil's Baton Rouge Polyolefins Plant and Novolyte Technologies Chemical Plant. The methane gas will be used as a substitute for natural gas as a boiler fuel at both plants.
City-parish Public Works Director Pete Newkirk said the project will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the North Baton Rouge area equal to removing 59,000 cars from the road.
Construction is scheduled to begin in November. The project is expected to be fully operational in the summer of 2010.
The city-parish is set to receive a $100,000 good-faith advance on the methane royalties in February of 2010 as part of the arrangement.