Canadian Biomass Magazine

Quebec carbon recycling plant expected to be among largest of its kind in the world

August 3, 2021
By Canadian Biomass

The Quebec and Canadian governments are supporting a partnership among a number of companies involved in the proposed construction of a biofuel plant in Varennes, Que.

Shell Canada, Enerkem, Suncor and Proman are among the partnering companies in the Varennes Carbon Recycling (VCR) plant project.

VCR is expected to be one of the largest renewable hydrogen and oxygen production facilities in the world, leveraging Quebec’s green electricity with an 87-megawatt electrolyzer. Through electrolysis, Hydro-Québec will supply green hydrogen and oxygen. The province’s excess hydroelectricity capacity will be transformed into value-added biofuels and renewable chemicals.

The VCR plant will divert non-recyclable waste and wood waste materials from landfills, producing low carbon-intensive fuel. The fuel will also be produced via access to green electricity and green hydrogen and oxygen.


The value of the transaction is $875 million.

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