As start-up on the world’s largest plant to convert landfill gas into clean vehicle fuel nears completion, joint venture partners Linde North America and Waste Management have shared project details with the media.

Linde North America, a member of The Linde Group, and Waste Management, North America’s largest waste management company, are installing systems to purify and liquefy landfill gas, a source of renewable biomethane fuel, at the Altamont Landfill near Livermore, California.

When the plant begins operating later this year, it is designed to produce up to 13,000 gallons a day of liquefied natural gas (LNG) that could fuel hundreds of waste collection trucks in California.

The companies recently invited media along to the National Biomethane Summit in Sacramento, California, where legislators, researchers, scientists, practitioners and other stakeholders gathered to discuss the latest biomethane information, applications, success stories and technologies.

A multimedia presentation from Linde and Waste Management was also screened, giving details of the project, referred to as Altamont, which offers a unique opportunity to ‘close the loop’ by fueling collection trucks with clean fuel produced from rubbish.

The Altamont project is one of several LNG and biomethane projects around the world in which Linde is participating, and is an industry Linde says is ripe for growth.

Bryan Luftglass, Manager of Linde North America’s Energy Segment said, “Biomethane is a truly renewable and readily available green source of high quality fuel. Although it is still an emerging commodity, its economic and environmental value is rapidly being recognised.”

Kent Stoddard, Vice President of Public Affairs for Waste Management’s West Group also commented saying, “Waste Management's partnership with Linde will allow us to tap into a valuable source of clean energy while greatly reducing our dependence on fossil fuels. Natural gas is already the cleanest burning fuel available for our collection trucks and the opportunity to use recovered landfill gas offers enormous environmental benefits to the communities we serve.”