Missouri biogas system to process manure

By Staff | March 14, 2014

Murphy-Brown of Missouri, the livestock production subsidiary of Smithfield Foods Inc., and Roeslein Alternative Energy announced plans to develop a $100 million biogas project in northern Missouri. The project will initially take in manure as feedstock. The project will also consider the use of waste feed and other sources of biomass in the future.

Biogas will be harvested from MBM finishing farms using anaerobic digestion technology developed and installed by Roeslein. Impermeable synthetic covers will be placed on existing nutrient treatment lagoons, and barn scraper technology will be utilized to deliver raw nutrients of livestock waste to covered lagoons. The anaerobic digestion modules will be fabricated by Roeslein & Associates’ wholly owned subsidiary Roeslein Manufacturing. Construction is expected to begin in the spring.

Murphy-Brown LLC also recently announced that a biogas project with Circle 4 Farms and Alpental Energy Partners LLC in Utah is now producing electricity via two methane digesters.