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Cars in Iceland to be powered by methane gas

Community owned investment fund Metan Ltd. announced this week that it has decided to construct a 10-km long pipeline for environmentally friendly methane gas to make it more available to motorists.

The pipeline will lead from waste management company’s SORPA’s waste-disposal area in Álfsnes, near Reykjavík, to an ESSO gas station in Bíldshöfdi in Reykjavík, as reported in Morgunbladid.

According to Björn H. Halldórsson, the managing director of Metan, the pipeline will be ready next autumn. The Reykjavík Energy Company is working on the construction.

SORPA, which first began producing methane gas from domestic waste in 1996, currently produces enough methane gas in Álfsnes to power 4,000 personal vehicles a year. At the moment, only 55 vehicles in Iceland use methane.

Halldórsson said methane gas is a better choice than petroleum, because cars powered by methane pollute significantly less. Also, the state offers discount on tariffs for vehicles that use methane, Halldórsson stated.

SORPA is owned by the City of Reykjavík and the company Aflvaki Ltd. SORPA is the owner of Metan Ltd., which was founded in 1999, along with the New Business Venture Fund, ESSO in Iceland and the Reykjavík Energy Company.

The purpose of Metan is to market and distribute energy in the form of electricity, raw gas and promote methane, as well as to spread knowledge in the field of biogas (landfill gas).

Click here to read a story about garbage trucks in Reykjavík run by methane gas.

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