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Archaea Energy deploys modular RNG plant at Rumpke Waste and Recycling landfill

The Archaea Energy renewable natural gas plant in Medora, Indiana.
The Archaea Energy renewable natural gas plant in Medora, Indiana. bp

bp's Archaea Energy has launched the official startup of its 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 odour, 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.

"What we are doing at the Medora plant is phenomenal, and it's just the beginning of what's to come at Archaea," adds Starlee Sykes, CEO of Archaea Energy. "This is a powerful step forward in our net zero journey to capture landfill emissions and provide customers with lower emission, lower carbon fuel. Our goal is to safely bring several AMD plants online this year. I'm in awe of our team who designed, engineered and built this facility, and we can't wait to bring more online across the U.S."

Traditionally, RNG plants have been custom-built, but the Archaea Modular Design allows plants to be built on skids with interchangeable components. Using a standardized modular design leads to faster builds. 

"Our family company is constantly looking for technologies to lessen our overall impact and further our efforts to protect and preserve the environment," adds Jeff Rumpke, area president of Rumpke Waste & Recycling. "The addition of Archaea Energy's RNG plant at our site will help further reduce emissions and give residents and businesses assurance that their waste is not only being properly disposed of – but also being put to good use."

Bioenergy is one of five strategic transition growth engines that bp intends to grow through this decade expecting to deliver around $2 billion EBITDA in 2025 and aiming to deliver more than $4 billion in 2030. In addition to bioenergy, bp's transition growth engines include convenience, EV charging, renewables and power, and hydrogen.

bp expects to invest up to $8 billion more in its transition growth businesses this decade to reach more than 40 percent of its total annual capital expenditure by 2025, aiming to grow this to around 50 percent by 2030.

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