$120 million manure-to-energy plant heads to phase 2

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Photo courtesy of Creative Commons

South St. Louis County-based Roeslein Alternative Energy is heading into the second phase of a $120 million project with Smithfield Foods’ Hog Product Division to make natural gas out of livestock manure.

To date, covers have been installed on nearly 45 manure lagoons at nine Smithfield farms in northern Missouri. The covers, meant to capture methane, will turn the lagoons into anaerobic digesters that can produce biogas which can be burned for energy.

The project’s second phase involves installing equipment to remove impurities from the biogas to make it pipeline-quality natural gas.

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