Kinder Morgan unit starts building Indiana renewable natural gas plants

Tuesday, 05 October 2021
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Kinetrex Energy, a company acquired by US pipeline giant and LNG stakeholder Kinder Morgan Inc., has started the construction of three renewable natural gas production facilities to make RNG from waste in the state of Indiana.

The three sites are located at the Twin Bridges Landfill in Danville, the Prairie View Landfill in Wyatt and the Liberty Landfill in Monticello.

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Upon completion, they are expected to produce a total of 3.5 billion cubic feet each year of RNG, derived from sources such as organic waste in landfills, wastewater treatment plants and agricultural operations.

By capturing methane produced from the decomposition of organic waste, the RNG production process also reduces or eliminates greenhouse gas emissions.

Kinder Morgan said commercial operations are expected to begin in the fall of 2022, pending required permits and certifications.

The Kinder Morgan Kinetrex unit expects to invest $146 million to construct the RNG facilities, which it will operate to process gas purchased from Wabash Valley Power Alliance (WVPA) Waste Management, owner of the landfills.

WVPA is a not-for-profit electric generation and transmission cooperative based in Indianapolis.

The G&T provides wholesale electricity to 23 retail electric distribution cooperatives in Indiana, Illinois and Missouri.

Collectively, these cooperatives supply electricity to more than 321,000 homes, schools, farms and businesses.

Kinetrex, also based in Indianapolis and which was an affiliate of the Parallel 49 equity fund before being acquired by Kinder Morgan in July 2021, also has an interest in the largest RNG facility in Indiana.

“Once operational next year, total annual RNG production from the for sites is estimated to be over four billion cubic feet,” said KMI.

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