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Lebanon to turn waste into energy

New project aims to tap methane from country's largest landfill.

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Lebanon is rolling out a landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) project in Naameh, near Beirut, using GE’s Jenbacher gas engine technology.

Naameh, established in 1997, is the biggest sanitary controlled landfill in Lebanon, serving the Greater Beirut and Mount Lebanon area.

According to a statement, around 637KW of electricity will be generated from the methane captured at the site, using GE’s Jenbacher J312 landfill gas engines.

This gas, created by decomposing waste, would normally be flared off into the atmosphere.

Hani Wazzan, supply chain director at averda, the landfill operator, 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—promoting environmental sustainability and tapping the site’s renewable energy potential—are being addressed through averda’s collaboration with GE, with averda providing the quality engineered setting and GE supplying its advanced Jenbacher gas engine. This collaboration creates an opportunity for strengthening the cooperation between GE and averda to apply similar technologies in other sites operated by averda in Lebanon and the region.”

The project is considered a pilot implementation and could be used in other parts of the country.

Nabil Habayeb, GE’s President & Chief Executive Officer for the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey, said: “The potential benefit of the Naameh project is that it could encourage other landfill sites to use the gas that is currently being flared for conversion to electricity. The contribution of the project to the environment and the energy sector makes it a great value to the community. The project reiterates our commitment to introduce advanced technologies to Lebanon to support sustainable energy initiatives. We are honored to be part of this initiative and thank our collaborators for their trust in our competencies.”

Landfill gas typically comprises approximately 55 percent methane and 45 percent CO2— greenhouse gases that contribute to environmental degradation. GE’s Jenbacher gas engines utilize captured methane gas as a fuel to produce electricity.

GE has earlier delivered Jenbacher gas engines for a solid waste treatment facility and a sewage treatment facility in Sidon with a capacity to generate 2MW of power. The electricity generated is used for treatment facilities and for a plastic recycling facility.

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