One of the world’s largest landfill gas-to-energy projects has been formally unveiled in Istanbul, Turkey.

Owned by Ortadoğu Enerji Sanayi Ve Ticaret A.Ş., the project is located at two landfill sites in Istanbul, in Odayeri and Komurcuoda, and will be powered by a total of 23 of GE’s Jenbacher landfill gas engines.

The first nine units have been commissioned and the final systems are scheduled to be delivered in 2010, when the nearly-35 MW project will be one of the largest waste-to-energy projects in the world.

With a total waste disposal volume of 47 million tonnes and a daily disposal rate of about 14,000 tonnes, the two landfill gas projects have a 22-year life span and are being registered for international carbon credits.

The order was arranged by Topkapi Endustri Malları Ticaret A.Ş. of Istanbul, GE’s longtime local gas engine distributor that is responsible for servicing the plants and providing spare parts support.

Ahmet Gür, chairman of Ortadogu Enerji Sanayi ve Tic. A.S said: ‘Our group managed the whole project and more than half of the project’s value was provided by local sources. Also, through careful design and judicious selection of system components, we are able to convert the collected landfill gas to electricity with about 5% higher efficiency than most similar projects.’