bp’s Archaea Energy achieves major milestone, brings online first of its kind renewable natural gas plant

  • The plant converts landfill gas into renewable natural gas, reducing emissions, improving air quality and providing fuel for potential use in homes, businesses and transportation.
  • Deployment represents an industry first, streamlining and accelerating build times for RNG plants.
  • Archaea is a key part of bp’s plan to increase biogas supply volumes by around six times by 2030, to about 70,000 barrels of oil equivalent per day.

HOUSTON – Today, bp’s Archaea Energy (NYSE: BP) announced the official startup of its original Archaea Modular Design (AMD) renewable natural gas (RNG) plant in Medora, Indiana. Located next to a landfill owned by Rumpke Waste and Recycling, this is the first plant to come online since bp’s acquisition of Archaea in December 2022.

Landfill gas, a natural byproduct of the decomposition of waste in landfills, is a form of greenhouse gas. Using the AMD design, the Medora plant captures the gas from Rumpke’s landfill and converts it to electricity, heat or renewable natural gas, which leads to cleaner air, less odor and more sustainable energy when compared with traditional fossil fuel energy.

The Medora plant can process 3,200 cubic feet of landfill gas per minute (scfm) into RNG – enough gas to heat around 13,026 homes annually, according to the EPA’s Landfill Gas Energy Benefits Calculator.

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