A 4.3 MW landfill-gas-to-energy power plant has started operating in Brazil.

The project in Belo Horizonte, the capital and largest city in the state of Minas Gerais, is run by Asja Brasil, a subsidiary of Italian multinational group Asja.

It has been set up to recycle the city’s sanitary waste for 15 years and runs on three GE 1.4 MW Jenbacher gas engines, with a fourth due to come online by the end of the year. The engines are designed to generate more than 44,000 MWh of electricity a year.

Asja manager Enrico Maria Roveda said the project will reduce “the equivalent of 4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions into the atmosphere”.

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