A waste-to-biofuels joint venture between Enerkem and
GreenField Ethanol plans to build a commercial-scale plant in
Varennes, Québec, using Enerkem's proprietary technology to convert non-recyclable
municipal solid waste into biofuels
The government of Québec said it would inject $27
million into the project.
With a full-scale waste-to-biofuels facility under
construction in Edmonton, Alberta, and another one under
development in Mississippi, the Varennes facility represents
Enerkem's third full-scale commercial project.
"By producing liquid transportation fuel from non-recyclable
waste, this facility opens the door to the emergence of a new
energy sector and will allow for local sustainable management
of our waste materials", declared Vincent Chornet, Enerkem
"Located on the site of Ethanol GreenField's current plant,
this project will represent one of the
first integrations between an existing,
first generation ethanol plant and a new cellulosic ethanol
plant, Chornet added.
"The construction of this innovative
plant on our current site marks the beginning of our transition
to an integrated biorefinery in Varennes", said Jean
Roberge, general manager of GreenField Ethanol
"We are pleased to partner with Enerkem and integrate their
technology to build Québec's
first full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant, Roberge
The use of waste materials, that is made possible with
Enerkem's technology, complements GreenField
Ethanol R&D efforts with other types of biomass.
This waste-to-biofuels production facility will help reduce
greenhouse emissions, fossil fuel imports and landfilled
volumes, the companies said.
The non-recyclable waste will come from institutional,
commercial and industrial sectors, and from construction and demolition
The anticipated annual production capacity of this plant is
approximately 38 million liters/year.
"In addition to presenting a solution to landfilling,
today's announcement will enable greenhouse gas emission
reductions by about 110,000 metric tons of CO2 per year,
said Minister Clément Gignac.
Cellulosic ethanol is a renewable fuel that will
contribute to reducing our dependence on petroleum
products, Gignac added. By supporting this project, our government is
concretely reinforcing energy security for Québec.
Today's announcement puts Québec in an advantageous
position in the search for alternatives to fossil fuel
"Québec has resolved to reduce, by 2020, its
greenhouse gas emissions to 20% below 1990 levels,
as part of its 2006-2012 Climate Change Action Plan, said
Minister Sam Hamad. We believe we can be productive and
create wealth and jobs, all while protecting our environment.
The construction of the cellulosic
ethanol facility belonging to the joint venture formed by
Enerkem and GreenField Ethanol, is one step closer towards
reducing our greenhouse gas emissions.
The $27 million contribution from the Government of
Québec includes $18 million in financial assistance from
the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife and a $9 million
loan from Investissement Québec.
Officials did not disclose a start-up date for the project.