December 15, 2020
US major food processor Smithfield Foods has completed a renewable natural gas project with energy producer Dominion Energy, which converts methane from swine farming into renewable natural gas (RNG), Reuters reported.
The project, executed through both companies’ joint venture Align Renewable Natural Gas, is the first large-scale development in Utah to convert swine farming’s methane emissions for use in homes, businesses, and transportation.
In a joint statement, both companies said the project will be able to product enough RNG to heat 3,000 homes and businesses, as well as reduce yearly emissions from participating swine farms by 100,000 metric tonnes.
Smithfield Foods is majority owned by Hong Kong-based WH Group, the biggest pork producer in the world.