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Salaberry-de-Valleyfield to test MSW gasification

December 10, 2009
By Canadian Biomass

Dec. 10, 2009, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC – The City of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and U.S.-based Global Clean Energy announce field testing of an innovative gasification project to convert municipal solid waste and industrial waste to synthetic gas and biodiesel.

Dec. 10, 2009, Salaberry-de-Valleyfield, QC – Subsequent to receiving a grant from
the Green Municipal Fund of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, the City
of Salaberry-de-Valleyfield and its partner, U.S.-based Global Clean Energy,
announce field testing of an innovative gasification project to convert
municipal solid waste (MSW) and industrial waste to synthetic gas and
biodiesel. The testing is currently ongoing in Kingsey Falls, Quebec, and will
continue in the industrial park in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield.

Global Clean Energy's proprietary technology for recycling carbon-based waste was
developed in collaboration with Cascades Engineering and Projects, a division
of Cascades Canada. The system uses high-pressure, high-temperature steam in an
oxygen-free reactor, thereby reducing environmental impact. This new technology
allows fast reduction of carbon-based materials to produce synthetic gas that
can be converted to fuel or other forms of energy.

This project, developed in accordance with the city's Sustainable Development Action
Plan, in agreement with the Green Municipal Fund criteria, and in conjunction
with the government MSW objectives, will significantly reduce the amount of
waste Salaberry-de-Valleyfield sends to landfill. It will also produce
substantial savings on costs generated by the transportation and disposal of
waste. Furthermore, the project will eventually lead to the creation of a new
source of biodiesel to fuel some of the city’s installations and reduce its
energy costs.

Field testing will be done to validate the technology. On the basis of conclusive
results and in a subsequent phase, gasification in Salaberry-de-Valleyfield
will eliminate more than 12,500 tonnes of MSW generated by its citizens. During
the commercial phase, the implementation of a regional sorting centre and a
gasification plant should help process 30,000 to 50,000 tonnes/year of waste.
Gasification is a logical solution for Beauharnois-Salaberry and surrounding
areas to reduce landfilling of MSW.


The full-scale gasification project will have several environmental benefits such
as the elimination of 9000 truck loads/year of MSW to landfill. Currently, MSW
is carried over 115 km to reach the landfill. The full-scale plant is expected
to eventually produce over 45,000,000 litres (10,000,000 gallons) of biodiesel
from MSW and industrial waste products, and create local jobs during facility
construction and operation. The project will significantly reduce greenhouse
gases by reducing both the production of biogas at landfill sites and vehicle emissions
generated by the transportation of waste material to landfill sites.

"Gasification of the municipal waste is an important milestone in our sustainable development
action plan," noted Mr. Denis Lapointe, mayor of the City of
Salaberry-de-Valleyfield. He says that the project has a team of technical
experts from Global Clean Energy, Cascades Canada, and Concordia University.
Progress will be monitored by the city’s Sustainable Development and
Environment Advisory Committee.

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