Secretary Natalie Shirley, Mayor Kathy Taylor, Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Jim Fram, MET’s Michael Patton Speak About the Future and Impact of Alternative Fuels in Oklahoma
(TULSA, Oklahoma) — Waste Management and the Lafarge Tulsa Cement Plant hosted a luncheon today to inform local community and business leaders about alternative fuel efforts in Oklahoma and to dedicate a new landfill gas pipeline.
“We’re excited to announce the completion of this project to our community and partners who have been so supportive,” said Jim Bachmann of the Lafarge Tulsa Cement Plant. “This pipeline is the product of two companies working together creatively and responsibly for the good of both companies and our environment.”
Speakers at the luncheon, which covered topics including local and statewide sustainability efforts as well as how that impacts the economy, included Secretary Natalie Shirley of the Oklahoma Department of Commerce; Mayor Kathy Taylor; Metropolitan Environmental Trust’s Michael Patton; Tulsa Metro Chamber’s Jim Fram, Vice President of Economic Development; Lafarge’s Jim Bachmann, Tulsa Plant Manager; Olivier Merindol, President of the River Region for Lafarge; and Waste Management’s Tracey Shrader, Area Vice President for North Texas, Oklahoma and Arkansas.
Pictured from left toright – Front Row: Jim Fram, Tulsa Metro Chamber; Mayor Kathy Taylor;Tracey Shrader, Waste Management; Jim Bachmann, Lafarge; Tulsa CountyCommissioner John Smaligo; Olivier Merindol, Lafarge and Secretary ofCommerce Natalie Shirley. Back Row: Michael Patton, MetropolitanEnvironmental Trust, Owasso City Councilor Doug Bonebrake and StateRepresentative Tad Jones
“Waste Management is proud to partner with Lafarge in providing a source of clean renewable energy which reduces dependence on fossil fuels and also reduces greenhouse gas emissions,” said Shrader. “Waste Management has made the transition from managing waste to managing resources. We take that responsibility seriously.”
The dedication focused on the landfill gas pipeline that was created to fill a need for alternative fuel options. Lafarge and Waste Management partnered to create an 8,000-foot pipeline to transport landfill gas, which is as know as methane, into a usable fuel for the Lafarge Tulsa Cement Plant.
Methane is created naturally through the decomposition of waste in landfills. It is a readily available, renewable energy source that can be collected and used directly for industrial use. By partnering with Waste Management, Lafarge can effectively decrease a portion of its reliance on fossil fuels by substituting it for a safe, reliable and economical form of energy.
Lafarge paid for pipeline, electricity, valving and system control for the methane pipeline, with Waste Management providing the funds necessary for the development, construction and continuing management of the compressor station. Methane will be compressed to take out the liquid prior to use in the Lafarge kiln in the creation of cement.
Lafarge and Waste Management have previously worked together on a similar project in Sugar Creek, Mo. In Tulsa, Lafarge is committed to taking 80 percent of all of the methane produced by Waste Management.