The Forest Road Landfill Gas project will see methane gas, generated by the Tamworth Regional Council’s waste disposal site, converted to carbon dioxide in a landfill gas flare. Converting methane to carbon dioxide significantly reduces the greenhouse intensity of emissions from the landfill site.
Tamworth Regional Council was successful in getting a seven-year contract at the fourth auction in November 2016. This is the council’s first contract under the Emissions Reduction Fund.
Tamworth, in the New England region of New South Wales, has a population of over 58,000 spread over an area three times as large as the Sydney basin. The Council manages and operates one of the most advanced waste management facilities in regional Australia which receives about 76,000 tonnes of waste annually.
This new project will capture landfill gas by collecting it through wells and a pipeline system. The methane that is captured can then either be flared (converting the methane to carbon dioxide) and reduce emissions, or used for electricity generation, which is the long term goal for the project.
Anticipated to abate at least 120,000 tonnes of carbon emissions across seven years, the project will also reduce the risk of landfill gas migration and odour issues.
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