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Biogas upgrading order from Korean food waste facility

Montreal, Quebec based Xebec Adsorption - a provider of biogas upgrading, natural gas and hydrogen purification solutions - has been awarded a $2.2 million contract to supply a biogas upgrading plant to a South Korean waste to energy project.

The order was placed by Potlatch, a Korean developer and operator of renewable energy and fuel cell projects.

According to Xebec, the plant will upgrade biogas generated by the digestion of food waste, into high quality renewable compressed natural gas (CNG) to be used as vehicle fuel for a fleet of municipal buses.

The company said that this will be the second biogas upgrading plant supplied by Xebec into the Korean market, following a similar plant installed and operating at the Sudokwon Landfill site in Incheon in 2011.

“Since the 1996 Protocol to the London Convention came into effect in 2006, banning ocean disposal of waste, the Korean Government has aggressively supported the development of anaerobic digestion to process food waste,” explained Andrew G. Hall, Xebec vice president of Asia Pacific Operations,

“Given the high price of natural gas in Korea, many municipalities and private project developers are focusing on the generation of renewable gas and CNG fuel from food waste,” he added.

Commissioning and start-up of the upgrading plant is expected to take place in the second half of 2012.

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

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