PLANT

Enerkem commissions front-end systems at Alberta biofuels facility

The Edmonton facility will divert 90% of the city's waste stream to produce biomethanol and other biofuels.


MONTREAL – The CEO of biofuels developer Enerkem says the company is gradually starting up front-end components at its full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton.

“We also believe that this facility can become a model for many communities around the world that are looking for a sustainable way to manage waste,” said Vincent Chornet.

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is among the world’s first commercial facilities to be built for the production of advanced biofuels. During construction, more than 600 direct and indirect jobs were created across North America for the modular manufacturing of its parts and systems and on-site assembly.

Construction of the facility is nearing completion and Enerkem will complete the commissioning during the next few months. Production of biomethanol will start gradually during this period. An ethanol module will be added in 2014.

The facility is a collaboration between Enerkem, the City of Edmonton and Alberta Innovates – Energy and Environment Solutions. When fully operational, it will have a production capacity of up to 38 million litres of biomethanol per year and will help the City of Edmonton divert 90% of the residential waste stream from landfill.