February 12, 2007

PowerTrail completes 5MW landfill gas-to-energy facility commissioning

OTTAWA, ONT-PowerTrail, a partnership between Energy Ottawa and Integrated Gas Recovery Services (IGRS), has completed the commissioning of a five-megawatt (MW) landfill gas to energy facility at Ottawa's Trail Road landfill. The facility collects the gas through wells inserted into garbage mounds and uses it to power five internal combustion reciprocating engines, each linked to a one-MW generator. It will generate enough electricity to meet the needs of up to 5,000 Ottawa homes. Rosemarie Leclair, president and CEO of the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies, said the project uses proven technology to turn landfill gas - a natural byproduct of the decomposition process - into green power. "Previously, this gas was being burned off in a flare, with no additional value to area residents," she said. "Now it will be used to power Ottawa homes." As owner of the landfill, the city of Ottawa will also benefit, saving $2 million in needed upgrades and repairs to the existing gas collection system at the site, and another $200,000 annually in operating and maintenance costs. The city will also receive a royalty payment estimated at $150,000 per year for the use of the gas by the generating plant. Energy Ottawa is an operating division of Hydro Ottawa Holding, while IGRS is a partnership between Comcor Environmental, a landfill gas engineering and consulting firm, and Integrated Municipal Services, a subsidiary of Walker Industries Holdings. More information is available from Nathan Benson at the Hydro Ottawa Group of Companies, 613/738-5499, ext 252.

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