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UGI Launches Joint Venture with Archaea Energy

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Meenal Datar

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UGI Energy Services, a subsidiary of UGI Corporation, and Archaea Energy, a subsidiary of BP have announced that they recently entered into a joint venture, Aurum Renewables, to develop a renewable natural gas project at the Commonwealth Environmental Systems landfill in Hegins, Pennsylvania, USA.
Under the joint venture, UGI will contribute to its existing 11-megawatt landfill gas-to-electricity facility.
Aurum will develop a new RNG facility where the landfill gas will be processed to become RNG.
The project is expected to have the capacity to produce approximately 5,000 MMBtu per day of pipeline-quality RNG.

Archaea will lead the development, engineering, construction, and operation of the new RNG facility, and UGI will take a lead role in marketing the RNG produced by the facility.

Robert Beard, chief operations officer, UGI, says: ‘Demand for RNG is growing, as more individuals and businesses looking for an energy source that is safe, cost-effective and environmentally friendly. UGI’s investment in Aurum is another example of our commitment to our strategy of making significant investments in renewable energy projects. Additionally, the investment in Aurum supports the Company’s existing greenhouse gas emission reduction plans highlighted in our latest environmental, social and governance report.’

Archaea’s chief financial and commercial officer Brian McCarthy says: ‘This new RNG facility will be one of the largest in the Archaea portfolio and is expected to bring significant environmental and social benefits to southeast Pennsylvania communities. This new facility will also bring global benefits by reducing greenhouse gas emissions and providing a domestically-produced, affordable, low-carbon energy source.’

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