March 24, 2017 08:13 UTC

Hitachi Zosen: Start of Kompogas Business in the U.S.

OSAKA, Japan--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Hitachi Zosen Corporation (TOKYO:7004) has announced that Hitachi Zosen Corporation (HZC) is to start first Kompogas business in the U.S. jointly with Hitachi Zosen Inova AG (HZI), its wholly-owned subsidiary engaged in EPC and service business of Energy from Waste (EfW).

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Project SPC (Special Purpose Company) established by HZ group companies constructs a Kompogas plant in San Luis Obispo County, California, and will operate the plant generating electricity with compost sale for 20 years.

Summary of transaction:

HZI acquired the Kompogas EPC business of Axpo Kompogas Engineering AG (Komeng) in 2014. In order to promote Kompogas business in the U.S., Kompogas SLO LLC being the Project SPC is established by capital contribution of HZC group companies and starts the construction, operation and maintenance of the plant. Investment to be recovered by sale of electricity generated by gas engine and biogas produced from plant and sale of compost as by-product of methanation process. For HZC group companies, it is the first Kompogas business as well as the first waste treatment plant as DBFOO (Design, Build, Finance, Own and Operate) in the U.S.

The plant will handle around 30,000 tons of green waste and source separated municipal organic waste from SLO County and produce 2’907’000 Nm3 biogas by Kompogas technology every year. Electricity generated with biogas and gas engine is to be sold to the local electric company which will be capable of supplying electricity up to some 600 households, and compost produced as residue will be sold separately. This plant is maintained and operated by our group companies for 20 years.

Summary of Kompogas business:
1. SPC:   Kompogas SLO LLC
2. Business: Construction and operation of Kompogas plant
3. Total cost: Approximately USD 22 million
4. Site: San Luis Obispo County, California, U.S.A.
5. Construction period: December 2016 to June 2018
6. EPC: Hitachi Zosen Inova U.S.A. LLC
7. Operation period: 20 years from July 2018
Summary of plant:
1. Capacity:   30,000 tons per annum (green waste and food waste)
2. Biogas generation:

2’907’000 Nm3 per annum

3. Gas Engine: 730kW
4. Residue: 20,000 tons per annum (solid compost and liquid fertilizer)

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Hitachi Zosen Corporation
Shinsaku Sugimoto, +81-6-6569-0013
Katsuhiro Nagai, +81-3-6404-0802
Public Relations Section
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