December 3, 2013, Montreal, Que. - Enerkem announced that
commissioning is gradually beginning at its full-scale municipal
waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in Edmonton. The update was shared by
Enerkem's CEO at the Canadian Renewable Fuels Summit currently being held in
"Beginning the commissioning of front-end components at
Enerkem Alberta Biofuels is a major milestone and we are proud of all the work
accomplished to date", said Vincent Chornet, president and CEO of Enerkem.
"We also believe that this game-changing facility, built in partnership
with the City of Edmonton, can become a model for many communities around the
world that are looking for a sustainable way to manage waste."
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
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 per
year and will help the City of Edmonton divert 90% of the residential waste
stream from landfill.