VARENNES, QC, Feb. 6, 2012 /CNW Telbec/ - At a news conference in
Varennes today, the Government of Québec announced its plan to inject
$27 million in Québec's first full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol
plant through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife and
Investissement Québec. This facility will be built and operated by a
joint venture partnership formed by Enerkem (www.enerkem.com), a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, and GreenField Ethanol (www.greenfieldethanol.com), the Canadian leader in alcohol production.
The future plant will be located in Varennes, Québec and will use
Enerkem's proprietary technology to convert non-recyclable municipal
solid waste into biofuels. With a full-scale waste-to-biofuels
facility under construction in Edmonton, Alberta, and another one under
development in Mississippi, the Varennes facility represents Enerkem's
third full-scale commercial project.
"By producing liquid transportation fuel from non-recyclable waste, this
facility opens the door to the emergence of a new energy sector and
will allow for local sustainable management of our waste materials",
declared Vincent Chornet, Enerkem President and CEO. "Located on the
site of Ethanol GreenField's current plant, this project will represent
one of the first integrations between an existing, first generation
ethanol plant and a new cellulosic ethanol plant."
"The construction of this innovative plant on our current site marks the
beginning of our transition to an integrated biorefinery in Varennes",
said Jean Roberge, General Manager, GreenField Ethanol Québec. "We are
pleased to partner with Enerkem and integrate their technology to build
Québec's first full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant. The use
of waste materials, that is made possible with Enerkem's technology,
complements GreenField Ethanol R&D efforts with other types of biomass.
This waste-to-biofuels production facility will help reduce greenhouse
emissions, fossil fuel imports and landfilled volumes. The
non-recyclable waste will come from institutional, commercial and
industrial sectors, and from construction and demolition debris. The
anticipated annual production capacity of this plant is approximately
38 million litres.
"In addition to presenting a solution to landfilling, today's
announcement will enable greenhouse gas emission reductions by about
110,000 metric tons of CO2 per year. Cellulosic ethanol is a renewable fuel that will contribute
to reducing our dependence on petroleum products. By supporting this
project, our government is concretely reinforcing energy security for
Québec. Today's announcement puts Québec in an advantageous position in
the search for alternatives to fossil fuel consumption", outlined
Minister Clément Gignac.
"Québec has resolved to reduce, by 2020, its greenhouse gas emissions to
20% below 1990 levels, as part of its 2006-2012 Climate Change Action
Plan. We believe we can be productive and create wealth and jobs, all
while protecting our environment. The construction of the cellulosic
ethanol facility belonging to the joint venture formed by Enerkem and
GreenField Ethanol, is one step closer towards reducing our greenhouse
gas emissions. It is with solid and structured projects, such as the
one presented today, that Québec will reassert its leadership in a
green and sustainable economy", commented Minister Sam Hamad.
The $27 million contribution from the Government of Québec includes $18
million in financial assistance from the Ministry of Natural Resources
and Wildlife and a $9 million loan from Investissement Québec.
Enerkem develops biofuels and chemicals from waste. With its proprietary
thermochemical technology, Enerkem converts abundantly available
municipal solid waste (mixed textiles, plastics, fibers, wood and other
non-recyclable waste materials) into chemical-grade syngas, and then
methanol, ethanol and other chemical intermediates that form everyday
products. By using waste instead of fossil fuels, Enerkem addresses the
growing demand for renewable energy sources and chemicals, while
reducing landfill volumes and greenhouse gas emissions. Headquartered
in Montreal, Canada, the company currently operates both a pilot and a
commercial demonstration facility in Québec, has its first
waste-to-biofuels full-scale commercial plant under construction in
Edmonton, Alberta, and is developing several similar facilities in the
U.S. and Canada that will convert municipal solid waste into biofuels
and chemicals. www.enerkem.com
About GreenField Ethanol
Greenfield Ethanol is the largest Canadian alcohol producer whose head
office is located in Toronto. The Varenne's Distillery is fully
operational since March 2007 and is one of the most efficient in North
America as to yield, energy efficiency, environmental foot print and
GHG reduction. Éthanol Greenfield Québec is a founding member of the
University of Sherbrooke Research Chair for second generation biofuels
and supports other R&D initiatives with other Canadian Universities.
The company's striving efforts in R&D also include various strategic
partnerships with specialised companies and in house development of
proprietary Second Generation Technologies in its Chatham laboratory. www.greenfieldethanol.com
Image with caption: "Quebec's first commercial waste-to-ethanol facility in Varennes. (CNW Group/ENERKEM INC.)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20120206_C9846_PHOTO_EN_9680.jpg
SOURCE ENERKEM INC.
For further information:
Vice President Government Affairs and Communications
+1 514 875 0284, x. 231
GreenField Ethanol Inc.
Director Communications and Public Affairs
+1 416 304 1700, x. 8447