The Smithfield Foods’ manure-to-energy project, the largest of its kind, is expected to be operational by mid-2016. The project first began construction in spring of 2014 in Smithfield’s Missouri division. The project is estimated to cost $120 million.
The first phase of the project consists of the installation of impermeable covers and flare systems over the 88 designated manure lagoons in Albany. These covers prevent the escape of methane into the atmosphere, as well as reduce odor and blocking rainfall from entering the lagoons. The second phase of the project will purify the gases and see the installation of a natural gas pipeline.