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GE To Power Israel Plant

GE supplying biogas engines for wastewater treatment plant; facility is one of country’s largest

Posted on October 15, 2013

GE said it will supply eight of its 1.4 MW Jenbacher J420 biogas engines for a new cogeneration plant at the Shafdan Wastewater Treatment Plant located south of Tel Aviv, Israel.

“Mey Ezor Dan” (MED) Cooperative Agricultural Water Society Ltd. owns and operates Shafdan and is responsible for collecting and treating sewage in the region. The GE engines will generate 11.2 MW of on-site energy for the plant, which treats 380 000 m3/day of municipal wastewater for 2 million people in Tel Aviv and the surrounding municipalities.

MED, with CDM Smith, designed the new bioenergy facility that will consist of eight anaerobic digesters, each with a volume of 13 200 m3. The facility will also include one of the world’s largest staged-thermophilic anaerobic digestion processes, the company said.

The project ties in with the Israeli government’s support of expanding biogas energy production through the creation of a special feed-in tariff that makes such renewable energy projects more economically viable, GE said.

The J420 biogas engines are scheduled to be delivered to Israel in April 2014 and installed by October 2014. The new biogas power plant is scheduled to begin commercial operation in 2015.