Progressive Waste Opens High Btu Landfill Gas Plant in Texas

Date: October 24, 2012

Source: Morrow Renewables, LLC

Progressive Waste Solutions (Toronto, ON) in partnership with Morrow Renewables, LLC (Midland, TX), has opened a new high Btu landfill gas (LFG) plant at its Turkey Creek Landfill in Alvarado, TX. The plant is expected to capture 1,300 cubic feet per minute of gas from the landfill for conversion in pipeline-quality high-Btu gas. Morrow Renewables has another high Btu LFG-to-pipeline project in the works in Fort Bend, TX that is due to open in early 2013.

October 24, 2012

EPA Announces Alvarado Landfill Gas (LFG) Plant Startup, Lauds High Methane Capture and Renewable Energy Model

In the past few years, high Btu landfill gas (LFG) recovery and treatment has received renewed attention because the process converts large amounts of methane from waste into a viable, renewable fuel. While this process upgrades landfill gas to specifications for natural gas pipeline transport, it also significantly reduces the environmental impact from the largest source of man-made greenhouse gas pollution. In partnership with IESI, a subsidiary of Progressive Waste Solutions, and the US Environmental Protection Agency's Landfill Methane Outreach Program (LMOP), Morrow Renewables, LLC declares its new high Btu LFG processing facility at Turkey Creek Landfill (Alvarado, TX) officially operational. A commemoration ceremony will be held at Turkey Creek Landfill on Tuesday, October 30, 2012, and the public is invited to attend.

In a formal ceremony on Tuesday, October 30, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will acknowledge LMOP partners Morrow Renewables, LLC and IESI, a subsidiary of Progressive Waste Solutions, for their efforts to improve the community and the environment by utilizing landfill gas to create energy. The ceremony will commence at 11:00a.m. at the Turkey Creek Landfill in Alvarado, Texas. The general public and local Fort Worth and Alvarado news crews are encouraged to attend.

The collection and processing of renewable biogas from landfills has become valuable to companies and utilities that are taking measures to reduce their carbon footprint by adding renewable fuels to their portfolio of energy supply. To this end, IESI, a subsidiary of Progressive Waste Solutions, has worked cooperatively with Morrow Renewables, LLC to develop a project that captures 1,300 standard cubic feet per minute of gas from Turkey Creek landfill. Carbon dioxide, water vapor, hydrogen sulfide, oxygen, and other impurities are removed from the raw landfill gas so it can be sold into an adjoining natural gas pipeline and meet their gas quality specifications.

For over ten years, the owners of Morrow Renewables, formerly SouthTex Renewables, have developed and worked with cutting edge technologies for the removal of volatile organic compounds (VOCs), CO2, H2S, BTEX and other contaminants from landfill gas to create pipeline quality, high Btu gas ready for pipeline distribution. Morrow Renewables operates several LFG recovery and treatment plants in the southern U.S., essentially installing and running the entire operation in partnership with local landfills and waste professionals with a monthly residual for partners.

For landfills that generate one-half million tons of waste per year or more, this means a residual revenue stream that far exceeds the cost of gathering landfill gas (LFG), and a versatile plant infrastructure that can capitalize on other markets like compressed natural gas (CNG) and medium Btu industrial fuels. What this means for the surrounding community is a landfill renewables plant that, unlike power generating stations, has lower noise pollution and less than half the CO2 and particulate emissions. What this means for the world is a major impact on human-induced methane levels, while still managing to create energy and fuel from trash.

Recent studies by the United Nations and by NASA Goddard Space Institute show that it is critical to reduce methane pollution globally, beginning immediately. According to the study, capturing methane and diverting it for use has the potential to offset short-term climate change the most. The most recent US EPA emission estimates indicate that methane contributes 44% of the entire greenhouse gas inventory of the US. Globally, human activity accounts for roughly sixty percent of the world's methane production and the majority of human-induced methane can all be traced to one area: landfills. Reduction of methane levels from landfills can significantly slow short-term global warming.

Morrow Renewables, as the name suggests, is owned by brothers Luke and Paul Morrow, both managing directors, and their father, David Morrow, who founded the parent company, SouthTex Treaters, Inc., and who is still with Morrow Renewables as an engineering consultant and business adviser. Under its former identity as SouthTex Renewables, Morrow Renewables established a legacy of excellence, and a reputation as one of the top firms in America for design, construction, start up, and operation of high BTU landfill gas and biogas treatment plants.

The U.S. EPA estimates the annual reduction of greenhouse gases attributable to the Turkey Creek project is approximately the same as the annual greenhouse gas emissions from 3,200 passenger vehicles, the carbon dioxide emissions from more than 38,600 barrels of oil consumed, or the carbon sequestered annually by more than 3,500 acres of pine or fir forests.

Morrow Renewables currently operates several high Btu LFG-to-pipeline plants across the South, including the new Turkey Creek facility. Another LFG plant in Fort Bend (outside Houston) is due for start-up in early 2013.

To learn more, visit the website at or make plans to join Morrow Renewables, IESI, a subsidiary of Progressive Waste Solutions, and representatives from the EPA at the ribbon cutting ceremony Tuesday, October 30, at 11 a.m. at the Turkey Creek Landfill.

About Morrow Renewables, LLC:

Morrow Renewables is an established high Btu developer of modified Selexol-type landfill gas treatment and processing facilities, providing an integrated, end-to-end landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) solution to the municipal solid waste (MSW) sector. Morrow Renewables is a vertically integrated company that designs, manufactures, constructs and operates high Btu LFG facilities. The company is staffed by professionals with many years of experience in LFG gathering, compression, treating and marketing, as well as NSPS compliance assistance. Morrow Renewables holds a patent on carbon dioxide stripping of pre-treat solvent for landfill gas applications, as well as two patents pending for deeper stripping of solvent to achieve higher methane purity in sales gas.

For more information, contact:
Mark Warren
Morrow Energy

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