Enerkem officially inaugurated its first full-scale municipal
waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton,
Alberta, the company announced on Thursday.
This announcement was shared by Enerkem's CEO, Vincent
Chornet, Mayor Don Iveson from the City of Edmonton, and
Robin Campbell, Minister of Environment
Resource Development, and Government House Leader,
representing the Government of Alberta.
"Our breakthrough technology
uses garbage instead of
fossil sources for the production of chemicals and liquid
transportation fuels," said Chornet. "We are proud of
the inauguration of our first full-scale biorefinery
facility as it is the
culmination of more than 10 years of disciplined efforts to
scale up our technology
from pilot and
demonstration, to commercial scale.
"The completion of this game-changing facility is by far one
of the most significant development the waste and biorefinery
sectors have seen yet,"
he added. "We are thrilled that it is becoming a model for
many communities and industries around the world."
This facility, operated by Enerkem Alberta Biofuel
s, is among the world's
first commercial facilities
to be built for the
production of renewable chemicals and advanced biofuel
s. During its construction
, more than 600 direct
and indirect jobs were created for the modular manufacturing
of the facility's systems and their on-site assembly.
The industry breakthrough is a collaboration between Enerkem,
the City of Edmonton and the Alberta Innovates -- Energy and
The pioneering facility will have a production capacity of up
to 38 million litres/year, will help Edmonton increase its
residential waste diversion rate to 90%, and is expected to
generate net economic spending in the local area of nearly
C$65 million annually.
The start-up of the biorefinery
follows a rigorous
commissioning plan which is nearing completion. Biomethanol
production will begin
progressively during the start-up. A module converting the
into advanced ethanol
will be added by the end