Ground breaking ceremony held for Enerkem’s biofuel plant

In Canada waste-to-fuel company Enerkem held its ground breaking ceremony on 31 August to celebrate the start of construction at its new biofuels refinery.

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, the C$80 million (€59.4 million) plant will have the capacity to produce 10 million gallons of biofuel a year from municipal solid waste (MSW). This will be enough to power 400,000 cars for a year, running on an E5 blend.

A wholly owned subsidiary of Enerkem, Enerkem Alberta Biofuels will build and run the new plant. The business has already signed a 25-year deal with the city of Edmonton that will see 100,000 tonnes of Edmonton’s MSW converted into biofuels every year.

Creating over 180 jobs, the plant is expected to cut the city’s CO2 emissions by 6 million tonnes between now and 2035.

Vincent Chornet, Enerkem’s CEO said: ‘This ground breaking marks the launch of a transformative project and leads the first wave of commercial-scale advanced biofuels plants in North America. This plant is the genesis of a world transformation where our non-recyclable garbage will power the vehicles we drive and reduce carbon emissions.’

Learn more about the Canadian biofuels market at the Bioenergy International Canada expo & conference being held in Calgary, Alberta, from 28-29 September at the Coast Plaza.


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