International consultancy and engineering company ARCADIS, based in Denver, Colorado, announced on January 6, 2004 that it has finalized the development of the largest landfill gas energy plant in the world. The landfill gas will be extracted from the 345 acre Bandeirantes landfill near Sao Paolo in Brazil for use as fuel for a newly built 23 MW energy plant.
The Bandeirantes project has been developed by ARCADIS Logos, the Brazilian subsidiary of ARCADIS together with co-shareholder Van der Wiel Stortgas BV and the Brazilian company Heleno Fonseca Constructchnica. These three companies formed the joint venture BIOGAS that is responsible for the extraction of the biogas.
BIOGAS has invested EUR 3.5-million in this project and delivers the gas to the power plant, which is managed by a consortium under the guidance of UNIBANCO. The gas delivery is based on a 12-year contract that is valued at EUR 32-million.
The plant expects to capture about 8 million tons of carbon dioxide. Under the Kyoto Protocol on Climate Change, the joint venture will benefit from the carbon credits credits. The plant currently generates 170 million KwH of electricity annually, sufficient to power more than 58,000 households.
For further information, contact Shannon McDonald, ARCADIS at 720-344-3500 or email@example.com