DTE acquires two renewable natural gas facilities

By Anna Simet | May 30, 2017

DTE Biomass Energy has acquired two renewable natural gas projects in Texas, the company recently announced.

Ford Bend Power Producers LLC, located near Rosenberg, Texas, at the Fort Bend Regional Landfill, is currently operating. Constructed in 2013, the pipeline RNG project was developed by Enerdyne Power Systems Inc. and Morrow Renewables, and maintains a gas offtake agreement with GHI Energy.

The facility’s current capacity could supply up to 560 diesel trucks’ fuel for a year, according to DTE, and an upcoming expansion will double the plant’s output. The expansion is expected to be complete by the end of the year.

The Seabreeze project in Angleton, Texas, will commence construction in June, according to DTE. It is expected to produce a similar volume of RNG as the expanded Fort Bend project, and has an offtake agreement with OCI NV.

“These landfill gas-to-energy projects support our continued commitment to renewable energy and growing interest in supplying the renewable vehicle fuels market,” said DTE Biomass President Mark Cousino.  “We see an increasing demand for natural gas powered vehicles, and RNG production provides a clean, sustainable fuel source with the benefit of reduced emissions over standard fuel.”

The Fort Bend and Seabreeze projects bring the number of landfill gas-to-energy facilities DTE operates in Texas to three, and five facilities in the company’s portfolio that produce RNG. DTE also has 13 landfill gas-to-electricity projects, and three landfill gas-to-natural gas projects that serve industri