ADM Announces Innovative Project to Provide Renewable Natural Gas
• Pipeline connection from ADM’s Decatur corn plant adds new clean energy source to natural gas system
DECATUR, Ill., Dec. 8, 2016—Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) today announced a project in which renewable natural gas, produced as a byproduct at ADM’s corn processing facility in Decatur, will be distributed by Ameren Illinois into the nation’s natural gas infrastructure.
“We’re proud to work with Ameren Illinois on this innovative project,” said Colin Graves, project manager for ADM. “Consumers and the country benefit from the addition of more clean, renewable energy into the national network, and ADM will benefit by capitalizing on environmental credits.”
Methane is a natural byproduct of the anaerobic digestion process from ADM’s Decatur wastewater treatment facility. When construction of the project is complete, ADM will purify this methane into pipeline quality natural gas and transport it to an Ameren Illinois’ gas pipeline. Ameren Illinois will then distribute the gas into the interstate pipeline system where it will be available for use as a clean, affordable transportation fuel.
“We have made a significant investment in upgrading the capacity of our natural gas delivery system," said Eric Kozak, senior director of Gas Operations for Ameren Illinois. "This project will support the delivery of clean, renewable energy to our customers while reaffirming our commitment to environmental stewardship. I want to congratulate ADM for taking this important step."
“Much like we did with our carbon capture and storage project, we are investing in technology and infrastructure in Decatur that benefits our environment, our community and our company all at once,” Graves added. “And in this case, Decatur is going to be a model: We will be taking what we learn here and examining how best to replicate these benefits in other forms and locations across the country.”
ADM is targeting completion of construction in May 2017.
About Ameren Illinois
Ameren Illinois delivers energy to 1.2 million electric and 816,000 natural gas customers in downstate Illinois, and our mission is to power the quality of life. Our service territory covers more than 1,200 communities and 43,700 square miles. For more information, visit AmerenIllinois.com. Follow us on Twitter @AmerenIllinois and Facebook.
For more than a century, the people of Archer Daniels Midland Company (NYSE: ADM) have transformed crops into products that serve the vital needs of a growing world. Today, we’re one of the world’s largest agricultural processors and food ingredient providers, with more than 32,300 employees serving customers in more than 160 countries. With a global value chain that includes 428 crop procurement locations, 280 ingredient manufacturing facilities, 39 innovation centers and the world’s premier crop transportation network, we connect the harvest to the home, making products for food, animal feed, industrial and energy uses. Learn more at www.adm.com.
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