Brightmark, Chevron Deliver First Gas at Athena Project

Brightmark RNG Holdings LLC and Chevron Corp. on Wednesday said the partnership has achieved the first delivery of renewable natural gas produced at the Athena Project in Minnehaha County, South Dakota.

“These renewable natural gas projects are not only designed to capture methane that is currently emitted to the atmosphere and repurpose it as a valuable transportation fuel with lower lifecycle carbon intensity, but they also support our commitment to meeting our customers’ growing demand for lower carbon fuel solutions,” Andy Walz, president of Chevron’s Americas fuels and lubricants, said.

The project is comprised of 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 by the manure from the Athena Project is expected to be captured, cleaned, and converted into RNG, which can be used for transportation, cooking, or electricity. The gas is anticipated to be injected into the local interstate pipeline system statewide.

"Achieving first gas at the Athena Project marks another major milestone as Brightmark continues to scale and expand our RNG production footprint throughout the country," Bob Powell, founder and CEO of Brightmark, said. "Through our collaboration with Chevron and Lynn Boadwine, owner of Boadwine Farms, Pioneer Dairy and Mooody Dairy, we believe the Athena Project further demonstrates the transformative economic and environmental benefits of partnering with our country's essential farmers to reduce and offset lifecycle carbon emissions."


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