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Landfill Methane Outreach Program

LMOP Partner Profile

Organization Address
1149 S. Broadway
Suite 800
Los Angeles, CA 90015
United States
Primary Contact
Mr. Khalil Gharios, P.E. khalil.gharios@lacity.org
Manager
Phone: (213) 485-3002
Fax: (213) 485-2958
Description
Construction of Lopez Canyon Landfill's energy recovery project, developed by NEO Corporation, began in October 1998 and was complete by the end of the year. The plant uses two internal combustion Caterpillar 3616 engines to produce 6 MW of electricity. The engines were fired for the first time on December 16, 1998. The plant was operated in a startup mode for a few weeks and began sending electricity to the power grid in January 1999. When the state of California experienced a power shortage in early 2001, the City's Bureau of Sanitation and Department of Water and Power formed a partnership to find a beneficial use for the remainder of the landfill's LFG. With only a third of the gas produced being converted into energy and the rest wasted by flaring, they acted quickly. In a period of 5 months a 1.5 MW microturbine energy facility consisting of fifty 30 kW microturbines and associated appurtenances was constructed. Lopez Canyon's microturbine energy facility, which began operating in 2002, is the largest in the world.

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