Navitus permits gas-fired power plant in Utah

The Utah Department of Environmental Quality is taking public comment until Feb. 4 on a draft air permit approval for a small power plant to be fired by gas derived from municipal solid waste.

Navitus Sustainable Industries (Navitus) has requested an [Approval Order] to construct and operate an industrial byproduct recovery facility to generate methane gas,” said a DEQ notice. “The methane gas is used as a fuel source in four (4) Internal Combustion engines which generate electricity. This proposed facility will process 350 tons per day of mixed municipal solid waste (MSW) and mixed industrial waste to create the methane. The Navitus facility will be located at 8000 South 700 West, Sandy, Utah 84070. Sandy is located in Salt Lake County, a non-attainment area for PM10, PM2.5 and SO2 and a maintenance area for Ozone.”

The permitting covers four Caterpillar IC Engines, each rated at 2,233 hp. Equipment also includes seven Thermal Chemical Conversion Pyrolysis units equipped with Heater Assembly. 

The company contact information is: Navitus Sustainable Industries, 2825 East Cottonwood Parkway, Suite 500, Salt Lake City, UT 84121, Heidi Thorn, Phone: (801) 205-6680.

The Navitus website says about Thorn: “Ms. Thorn has a vast amount of experience in areas of finance, business development, securities, and executive leadership. She has an extensive background in highly regulated industries and government relations. Thorn has a range of experience from successful start-ups to well established companies like Morgan Stanley.”

Says the website about what the California-based company does: “The increasing volume of garbage is an expensive and dirty problem that is causing many communities to now seek cleaner, less expensive alternatives to the old practice of just sending tons garbage to a landfill. It is also critical that communities have power that is affordable, dependable and clean. A Navitus Renewable Energy Facility brings those important priorities together. We transform an entire community’s garbage into a truly sustainable solution. We effectively separate out the useful recyclable items, then transform everything else into a clean synthetic gas, which is used to generate local renewable power.”

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