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MCLB Albany, partners break ground on landfill gas-to-energy project

By Colie Young | | May 20, 2010

Marine Corps Logistics Base Albany, Dougherty County and Chevron Energy Solutions officials will finally break ground on a landfill gas-to-energy project at the Fleming/Gaissert Road Landfill at 10 a.m. Thursday, following a three-year undertaking.

This will be the only landfill gas-to-energy project in the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

It will cost $14 million to implement the landfill gas-to-energy portion of the energy savings performance contract with Chevron Energy Solutions but the project will save the base $1,150,790 annually in utility operations.

In addition to energy efficiency, reduced conventional energy use and renewable energy cogeneration, the project will also provide energy security and reliability benefits.

Officials scheduled to be present at the groundbreaking are; Thomas W. Hicks, deputy assistant secretary of the Navy, Maj. Gen. Carl B. Jensen, commanding general, Marine Corps Logistics Installations East; Col. Terry V. Williams, commanding officer, MCLB Albany; Jeff Sinyard, chairman, Dougherty County Commission; Jim Davis, president, Chevron Energy Solutions and other high-profile military and civilian dignitaries.

Dougherty County and MCLB Albany entered into a 20-year partnership which will allow the County to sell landfill gas produced at the Fleming/Gaissert Road landfill to the base.

Chevron Energy Solutions will complete industrial lighting retrofits in 82 buildings and expand the existing energy management control system.

When combined with the cogeneration project, these measures will reduce the base’s purchase of utility power and reduce MCLB’s carbon emissions by 19,300 tons annually, equivalent to removing 16,000 cars from the road.

“This project is important to the Department of the Navy, the Marine Corps and Dougherty County. And with help of Chevron Energy Solutions we will surpass our federal renewal energy goals, and fulfill our aspiration of becoming the ‘greenest’ Marine Corps installation in the nation,” Williams said. “In addition to providing renewable power and energy security and reliability to MCLB, the project provides a valuable long-term source of revenue for Dougherty County. It took the hard work of many different partners to make this project a reality.”

Dougherty County owns and operates the Fleming/Gaissert Road landfill located across Fleming Road from MCLB Albany.

Chevron Energy Solutions developed and designed the project and will maintain the landfill gas-to-energy facility, pipeline and landfill gas processing equipment.

MCLB Albany will be responsible for the processing, compression and transmission of the landfill gas to the base.