Plan Proceeds to Develop Landfill Gas Facility at Mexico City's Largest Former Landfill

By Mexico News Daily.

A plan to build a biogas plant on the site of Bordo Poniente, formerly Mexico City’s largest landfill site, is set to go ahead, says city Mayor Miguel Ángel Mancera.

The dump was closed in late 2011 in an effort to make the city’s waste management system greener and a concession for methane plant was granted in November 2012.

However, the project was delayed for several reasons, including project modifications, economic uncertainty, devaluation of the peso and the range of permissions that needed to be obtained.

Mancera stated that the project was “put at risk” because “investment became more complicated and more difficult to structure.”

These obstacles have now been overcome.

The plant will harvest methane gas produced by 70 million tonnes of trash, generating 508 gigawatts of energy per year. The electricity will be used to power the capital’s 517,000 streetlights and 1,700 public buildings.