SCS Engineers Awarded Orlando Utilities Commission Contract for Landfill Gas to Energy System

January 4, 2016

System expansion and enhancements will use local landfill gas to offset the use of coal to generate energy.

OUC to use local renewable resources to generate energy as part of their sustainability plans.
OUC to use local renewable resources to generate energy as part of their sustainability plans.

ORLANDO, FL – The Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC) has hired SCS Engineers to expand its existing landfill gas (LFG) treatment and compression facility located at the Orange County Landfill. Expanding the LFG facility will double the nominal inlet flow capacity to 8,000 standard cubic feet per minute.

Doubling capacity will help support the OUC’s sustainability goal to offset non-renewable resources by using local renewable resources to generate energy at its coal-fired power plant. OUC chose SCS to design, build, test, and commission its facility because SCS’s environmental engineers and contractors could meet the strict project time frame and budget.

The treated LFG is used to heat water into steam, which drives turbine generators to produce energy. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, using LFG helps to reduce odors and other hazards associated with LFG emissions, and helps prevent methane from migrating into the atmosphere and contributing to local smog and global climate change. The EPA also encourages the efficiency of using local resources such as LFG.

“Our team is comprised of professionals from two SCS specialty divisions including Energy and  Field Services, combined with SCS Engineers to provide the project quality and timeliness the Commission expects from us,” said Gregory Hansen, Project Manager of the SCS team. “We can deliver all project phases including permitting, design, and construction, as well as enhancement of the programmable logic controllers (PLCs) and the supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) system.”