Brightmark and Chevron Announce First Gas at Project Athena
SAN FRANCISCO & SAN RAMON, CA & MINNEHAHA COUNTY, SD–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC – a joint venture partnership between Chevron USA Inc., a subsidiary of Chevron Corporation (NYSE: CVX), and Brightmark Fund Holdings LLC, a subsidiary of Brightmark LLC, the global provider of waste management solutions – delivered first gas to its Athena project in Minnehaha County, South Dakota. The project includes three farms located in Minnehaha County: Boadwine Farms, Pioneer Dairy and Mooody Dairy. The project is part of the previously announced partnership to own project companies across the United States to produce and market dairy biomethane, a renewable natural gas (RNG).
Methane generated from Project Athena manure is expected to be captured, cleaned, and converted into RNG, which can be used for transportation, cooking, or electricity. The gas is expected to be injected into the local interstate pipeline system throughout the state.
“Receiving first gas on Project Athena marks another significant milestone as Brightmark continues to expand and expand our RNG production footprint across the country,” said Bob Powell, Founder and CEO of Brightmark. “Through our collaboration with Chevron and Lynn Boadwine, owners of Boadwine Farms, Pioneer Dairy and Mooody Dairy, we believe Project Athena further demonstrates the transformative economic and environmental benefits of partnering with our country’s essential farmers to reduce and offset life cycle carbon emissions.
“We are thrilled to take another step in our partnership with Brightmark,” said Andy Walz, president of Chevron’s Americas Fuels & Lubricants. “These renewable natural gas projects are not only designed to capture the methane that is currently emitted into the atmosphere and reuse it as a valuable transportation fuel with a lower lifecycle carbon intensity, but they also support our commitment to meet our customers’ growing demand for low-carbon products. fuel solutions.
“As agriculture and technology continue to advance and evolve, it has become more apparent than ever that these two industries must work hand-in-hand for the good of our environment and those who inhabit it,” said said Lynn Boadwine, owner of Boadwine Farms. , Pioneer Dairy and Mooody Dairy. “It is truly an honor to be part of this collaborative effort with Brightmark and Chevron, and with the achievement of first gas at Project Athena, we believe we are actively demonstrating the positive results that can be produced by the coalescence of agriculture and scientific innovation.”
For more information on the Athena RNG project, please visit: https://www.brightmark.com/renewable-natural-gas/projects/the-athena-project
Brightmark LLC is a global waste management solutions company on a mission to reinvent waste. The company takes a holistic, closed-loop, circular economy approach to tackling the world’s most pressing environmental challenges with imagination and optimism for the future. Through the deployment of disruptive and game-changing waste-to-energy solutions focused on plastics renewal (plastic-to-plastic) and renewable natural gas (organic waste-to-fuel), Brightmark enables programs specifically tailored to environmental needs to build project solutions that positively impact the world and the communities in which its stakeholders live and work. For more information, visit www.brightmark.com.
Chevron is one of the world’s leading integrated energy companies. We believe that affordable, reliable and ever cleaner energy is essential to achieving a more prosperous and sustainable world. Chevron produces crude oil and natural gas; manufactures transportation fuels, lubricants, petrochemicals and additives; and develops technologies that improve our business and the industry. We are focused on reducing the carbon intensity of our operations and growing low-carbon businesses alongside our traditional lines of business. More information about Chevron is available at www.chevron.com.
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