GE technology to power clean energy project in Lebanon

landfill Gene SpesardThe on-site power project will be powered by GE’s Jenbacher J312 landfill gas engine. (Image source: Gene Spesard/Flickr)Lebanon has revealed plans to roll out a landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project in Naameh, located 18km to the south of capital Beirut, using GE’s Ecomagination-qualified Jenbacher gas engine technology

The on-site power project will be powered by a GE Jenbacher J312 landfill gas engine and potentially generate 637kW of renewable electricity. The project will eliminate the equivalent of about 12,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2).

Operated by averda International, the project will be a pilot initially and could be expanded later to utilise the Naameh facility’s full capacity.

The LFGTE project will be a significant initiative in which the waste will be converted to energy and highlight a new long-term energy development model that can potentially be emulated in other parts of the country.

Landfill gas typically comprises 55 per cent methane and 45 per cent CO2, greenhouse gases that contribute to environmental degradation. GE’s Jenbacher gas engines utilise captured methane gas as a fuel to produce electricity.

Hani Wazzan, averda supply chain director said, “The Naameh project is a landmark that reflects the company’s focus on adopting environmentally sustainable alternatives and inspiring similar applications for other projects.

“The twin challenges of landfill management are being addressed through averda’s collaboration with GE, with averda providing the quality engineered setting and GE supplying its advanced Jenbacher gas engine.”

Nabil Habayeb, GE president and CEO for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, said, “GE has long-term partnerships in Lebanon, where we support the country’s public and private sector in strengthening energy sector efficiencies. The project reiterates our commitment to introduce advanced technologies to Lebanon to support sustainable energy initiatives.”

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