RNG Energy Solutions, Philadelphia, Pa., and Philadelphia Energy Solutions Refining and Marketing LLC (PES), Philadelphia, announced plans to build a state-of-the-art anaerobic digester facility named Point Breeze Renewable Energy (PBRE).
Located at the PES Refining Complex, the $120 million anaerobic digester facility will produce renewable natural gas, which is to be injected into the Interstate Pipeline and sold as a transportation fuel for bus and truck fleets.
Organic waste consisting of grocery, restaurant and food processing wastes will be processed at off-site locations and delivered in fully enclosed tanker trucks to the PBRE facility.
The facility will process up to 1,100 tons per day of diverted organic waste in eight bioreactors visually similar to the surrounding refinery tankage. The PBRE facility is also said to be one of the largest carbon reduction, renewable and sustainable resource projects constructed in Pennsylvania.
Philadelphia and the broader metropolitan region will be able to manage their organic waste streams by collecting and sending processed organic material to the PBRE facility, thereby avoiding disposal in landfills and assisting the city in achieving its sustainability goals.
“We have initiated our outreach activities with the broader local leadership, community groups, various elected officials and labor representatives, and as expected, have secured extensive support for this project,” says James Potter, president of RNG Energy. “We look forward to sharing the regional environmental benefits of renewable natural gas as well as being an important part of the local community and PES Refinery Complex.”
“We are pleased to partner with RNG Energy to bring a reliable supply of clean energy to the region,” adds Mark Smith, chief executive officer of PES. “Adding the capability to produce in-demand green transportation fuel will diversify our offering, generate additional sources of revenue and bring additional jobs to the refinery complex.”