Saskatoon Light & Power is in the process of
finishing a key phase of the Saskatoon Landfill Gas to
Energy project as gas well drilling nears completion this
"This is an exciting time for Saskatoon Light &
Power," saysMetering & Sustainable
ElectricityManager Kevin Hudson.
"In the spirit of Strategic
Goals, Continuous Improvement and Environmental Leadership,
this project is part of the first power generation system
built by the City in over a hundred years.
Drilling began with the successful sinking of the
first well in May. Since then, work has
progressed to drill a total of 29 vertical wells into the
capped area of the Landfill. The clay cap was
installed over 12 hectares of the north mound last
The project consists of two separate components: a
landfill gas collection system and power generation
"Landfill gas is a natural by-product of decomposing
organic material in municipal solid waste," Hudson says.
"The gas will be drawn out of the landfill
through the wells and piped to a blower and flare station,"
"The gas will then be treated to remove moisture and
sent to the power facility - a small amount that can't be
used will be flared off."
The new facility is the first power generation
station to be built by the City since 1911; it will include
two 800 kW generators --1600kW of electricity is enough to
power 1300 homes.
The project is expected to remove 46,800 tonnes of
greenhouse gasses each year (which is comparable to
removing 9,350 cars from the road).
Construction will continue for the next year with
power production starting summer 2013.
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