Methane gas from landfill to supply Kimberly-Clark’s Beech
Island manufacturing facility
Kimberly-Clark Corporation, Three Rivers Solid Waste
Authority and Siemens Building Technologies announced the launch of a
major landfill-gas-to-energy project.
The renewable energy project will capture methane gas generated at the
Three Rivers Regional Landfill at Jackson, South Carolina and transport
it via a 15 mile pipeline to Kimberly-Clark’s manufacturing facility
at Beech Island, where it will be used to produce steam for the production
of Kimberly-Clark’s well known brands such as Kleenex facial tissue,
Cottonelle and Scott bathroom tissue, Huggies diapers and Pull-Ups training
The annual reduction of greenhouse gases attributable to this project
has the same effect as removing 41,000 cars from the road, reducing oil
consumption by more than 500,000 barrels, or planting nearly 59,000 acres
of forest, as calculated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s
Landfill Methane Outreach Program.
Kimberly-Clark will purchase the gas under a 15-year supply agreement
with the Three Rivers Solid Waste Authority. Siemens is designing and
building the landfill gas collection facility and pipeline, with construction
already under way. When the project becomes operational in April 2008,
it will provide 1,800 cubic feet of landfill gas per minute to fuel steam
boilers at the Beech Island facility.