A newly expanded landfill gas-to-energy project in Monterrey, Mexico is using GE Jenbacher engines.
The 12 MW project uses the Simeprode landfill’s gas to support both the solid waste facility’s operations and Monterrey’s light-rail system during the day and city street lights at night. Electricity is also being sold at a discount rate to seven municipalities in the greater Monterrey region.
The expansion features five of GE Energy’s containerized J320 GS Jenbacher engines capable of generating a combined 5 MW of electricity. The units were installed next to an existing 7 MW facility powered by seven J320 GS engines.
The landfill, operated by Bioelectrica de Monterrey, S.A. de C.V., a subsidiary company from SEISA and Gentor, is located in Salinas Victoria just north of Monterrey.
The on-site power plant is part of an ongoing solid waste modernization effort and qualified for funding from the World Bank’s Global Environment Fund to help reduce the region’s methane gas emissions.
‘The financial viability of this project underscores our belief that Monterrey’s landfill gas plant will serve as a model renewable energy project for other countries throughout Central and South America,’ Mexico’s President Calderón said.