S4 Energy Solutions LLC, a joint venture of Waste Management and InEnTec, has announced plans to develop a plasma gasification facility at the Columbia Ridge Landfill in Arlington, Ore. Waste Management owns the landfill.
The facility will convert waste materials into a synthetic gas that can then be converted into transportation fuels such as ethanol and diesel. The gas also can be used as a substitute for natural gas in heating or electricity generation. Construction of the facility is scheduled to begin this summer, and operations are slated to begin by the end of the year.
“Our goal is to extract as much value as possible from waste and this project will help us recover valuable resources to generate clean fuels, renewable energy and other beneficial products,” said Dean Kattler, area vice president for Waste Management Pacific Northwest, in a press release. “This project strengthens our focus on renewable energy and new technologies that use waste as a resource. We are committed to growing our business in this region in innovative ways, bringing green jobs to communities where we already have operations and community relationships.”