MONTREAL, Dec. 3, 2013 /CNW Telbec/ - Enerkem (www.enerkem.com) announced today that commissioning is gradually beginning at its
full-scale municipal waste-to-biofuels and chemicals facility in
Edmonton. This update was shared by Enerkem's CEO at the Canadian
Renewable Fuels Summit currently being held in Montreal, Canada.
"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 on-site assembly.
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.
This 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.
Enerkem makes biofuels and renewable chemicals from waste. With its
proprietary technology, Enerkem converts non recyclable municipal solid
waste into methanol, ethanol and other widely used chemical
intermediates. Headquartered in Canada, Enerkem operates both a
demonstration plant and a pilot facility in Quebec. Enerkem Alberta
Biofuels is the company's first full-scale commercial facility and
additional biorefineries are currently being developed in North America
and globally. Enerkem's technology and facilities help diversify the
energy mix and make greener everyday products while offering a
sustainable alternative to landfilling. www.enerkem.com
SOURCE: ENERKEM INC.
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