Canadian Biomass Magazine

Enerkem staffing 70 per cent complete

January 17, 2013
By Scott Jamieson

January 17, 2013, Edmonton, AB - Enerkem says the challenging task of hiring more than 30 energy workers for its new Edmonton biofuels plant in a hot labour market is nearly accomplished.

“Right now, we have 70 per cent of the
employees we need to operate the plant this year,” said Marie-Helene
Labrie, vice-president of government affairs and communications for
Enerkem in an Edmonton Journal article.

The Quebec-based developer of technology that converts
municipal solid waste into syngas, is building a plant
at Edmonton’s Waste Management Centre at the Clover Bar landfill.

The first of its kind, the plant will convert 100,000
tonnes of non-recyclable and non-compostable residential waste into 38
million litres of ethanol, which is blended into gasoline. The plant
will also create methanol.


While Edmonton now diverts 60 per cent of residential waste from landfill, the Enerkem plant will raise that to 90 per cent.

also announced an additional investment of $37 million from partners
Waste Management of Canada Corp. and EB Investments. The two companies
now have a total stake of $52 million in the venture. The City of Edmonton and Alberta Innovates are also key partners in the $132.5-million project.

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