Manure from about two million hogs will be converted into renewable natural gas and sold by summer 2016, supporters of a biogas project taking shape in northern Missouri have announced. They also say the project will keep tons of methane out of the atmosphere.

Hog manure to be turned into natural gas.

Hog manure to be turned into natural gas. Image by Noah / CC BY 2.0

The joint venture between Roeslein Alternative Energy and Smithfield Food Hogs Production has an estimated 120 million US dollar (£79 million) price tag and is one of the largest biogas projects of its kind.

Around half of the 88 existing manure lagoons on nine Smithfield farms are already enclosed by impermeable covers, which will produce biogas to be cleaned and used as an alternative energy.

(Press Association)