Landfill gas power project in China will use GE engines

GE (NYSE: GE) said on Feb. 23 it will supply its Jenbacher gas engines for China’s largest landfill gas (LFG) power generation project. The Laogang LFG project is owned by Laogang Renewable Energy Co., a joint venture formed by Veolia and Shanghai Environment Group, and supports the Chinese government’s plan to invest more than RMB$260 billion ($41.2 billion) in the waste treatment industry, including waste-to-energy initiatives, by 2015.

Seven of GE’s Jenbacher J420 gas engines, which will provide about 10 MW of electricity, will power the new Laogang LFG facility in Shanghai. GE said each J420 engine combusts 2.7 million cubic meters (m3) of methane each year, providing an overall yearly reduction of greenhouse gas of around 18.9 million m³ for the seven gas engines. The Renewable Energy Co. will sell any excess electricity generated to the grid.

The gas engines are scheduled to begin shipping in the second quarter of 2012 with commercial operation expected in December 2012.

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