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Enerkem brings waste-to-biofuel to China

MOU licenses the technology to Shanghai Environmental Group.


SHANGHAI — Enerkem Inc. has signed a memorandum of understanding with Shanghai Environmental Group Co. Ltd., a municipal solid waste management company, to jointly build municipal solid waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facilities in China.

Enerkem, a Montreal-based waste-to-biofuels and chemicals producer, will license its technology for use in China. The company said final business structure and sites are under discussions and will be announced later.

The technology converts non-recyclable municipal solid waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely used chemical intermediates.

Enerkem operates a demonstration plant and a pilot facility in Quebec and is beginning operations at Enerkem Alberta Biofuels, its first full-scale commercial facility. The company is also developing additional biorefineries in North America and globally, based on its modular manufacturing approach.

The MOU was signed by Yan Xiao Fei, chairman of Shanghai Environmental Group (a subsidiary of Shanghai Chengtou Holding Co. Ltd.) and Vincent Chornet, president and CEO of Enerkem in the presence of the Quebec premier Philippe Couillard as part of the Quebec government’s trade mission in China.

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