Landfill gas to help power MCLB

Marines and local representatives prepare to turn on the power. / Allen Carter

Chevron just put the finishing touches on a new power plant at the Marine Corps Logistics Base.

Officials say it's cutting edge green technology. It generates 1.9 megawatts to power sections of the Marine Corps Logistics Base. On Friday the base flipped the switch on the plant.

The green technology is one of the first of its kind for the Department of Defense, pulling gas from Dougherty County's landfill.

"It recovers methane gas from the landfill, brings it here aboard the base into that big green machine there behind me and coverts it into energy," said Maj. Gen. James Kessler.

"It's a landfill gas co-generation project," said James Mahoney of Chevron Energy Solutions. "It's an untapped energy source that was just going to waste, not being used for anything and we were able to capture the gas from the landfill, pipe it over here to the base and use it to generate energy and steam."

The project cost about $20 million dollars to complete, but the base says they expect to save about $1.8 million dollars a year in energy cost. The project will basically pay for itself in a little over ten years.

"It generates over 19,000 tons in emission reductions, so that's like taking 16-thousand cars off the road," said Mahoney.

The project wouldn't have all been possible with help from the Dougherty County Commission and the Southwest Georgia community.

"We had to first go through the process of getting the permissions from all authorities to recover the methane, to lay the pipe, to bring it aboard the base and then with our partners in industry here to actually build the facility," said Maj. Gen Kessler.

"Southwest Georgia is so aggressive; we're so passionate and were so steadfast in helping this base and giving the folks at this base everything they need to make sure they can take it to the next level," said Dougherty County Commission Chairman Jeff Sinyard.

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