City of Ottawa moves forward with 400 tonne-per-day PlascoEnergy facility

    OTTAWA, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Plasco Energy Group Inc. ("PlascoEnergy")
of Ottawa announced that the Ottawa City Council unanimously agreed to issue a
letter of intent to PlascoEnergy to build, own and operate a 400 tonne-per-day
waste conversion facility that will process residual household waste that
would otherwise be sent to landfill.
    The City will continue to operate source separation blue box (plastic,
metal and glass), black box (paper and paperboard) and yard waste composting
programs introduced many years ago, and is currently introducing source
separation of organics for anaerobic digestion. The Plasco Conversion Facility
will convert substantially all residual household waste to valuable products
including synthetic fuel gas for operation of internal combustion engines.
Generators driven by the engines and by waste heat from the conversion process
and the engines will produce approximately 21 MW of net saleable base-load
power for delivery to Hydro Ottawa.
    Upon approval, the facility will be funded, built, owned and operated by
PlascoEnergy and will be capable of processing 400 tonnes per day
(150,000 tonnes per year) of garbage. Garbage will be delivered from local
collection trucks to the facility. PlascoEnergy will separate large metal
objects prior to feeding the garbage into the conversion system and will send
them back to the City for recycling. The City will pay a tipping fee of
$60 per tonne of waste processed, escalated to reflect CPI over a 20-year
contract. All risks of operation and efficiency of power generation are
assumed by PlascoEnergy. The City will receive 25% of annual revenues that
exceed an amount mutually agreed to by PlascoEnergy and the City.
    The facility will occupy a six-acre site near an existing city owned and
operated landfill. The City's leftover garbage will be converted into
synthetic engine fuel, agricultural sulphur, industrial salt and construction
aggregate with no emissions to the air, land or water. In addition, the excess
moisture in the waste will be recovered through the process as clean water.
    The engines will drive electrical generators to produce reliable
base-load power. Emissions from the engines will be monitored by continuous
emissions monitoring and by periodic source testing. The results of both
continuous and source testing will be reported on the
website and will be reviewed by independent experts approved by the Ministry
of the Environment ("MOE"). An independent Public Advisory Committee will
review and make public comments as it sees fit on the environmental
performance of the facility and MOE will assure that the facility continuously
meets its environmental requirements under the Ministry's Certificate of
    The move by City Council comes three years after the Council approved
development by PlascoEnergy of a plant to demonstrate the Plasco Conversion
System on a City owned site on the capped Nepean Landfill on Trail Road. The
demonstration facility received funding support by Sustainable Development
Technology Canada, and from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation.
Ottawa provided the demonstration site and has provided garbage for processing
at the demonstration plant. The Plasco Trail Road demonstration plant began
commissioning in July last year.
    "Provided this system meets all the environmental requirements, the City
of Ottawa will be supportive," said Ottawa Mayor Larry O'Brien. "I have always
said cities have too much waste and not enough energy and exploring
technologies like PlascoEnergy is a positive step forward for our City."
    All necessary permits including Certificates of Approval by the Ontario
MOE must be received before commencement of operations. Certificates of
Approval will be based on exhaustive operating data from the existing Trail
Road Demonstration Facility. The entire process of approvals and construction
is expected to take approximately two years.
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    About Plasco Energy Group Inc.

    Plasco Energy Group Inc. (PlascoEnergy) is an Ottawa-based private
Canadian company. PlascoEnergy and its predecessor RCL Plasma, Inc. have
operated plasma based R&D and test facilities in Ottawa and Spain for more
than a decade. The Plasco Trail Road facility is a full scale semi-commercial
demonstration plant using PlascoEnergy proprietary technologies. This project
has been supported by a contribution from Sustainable Development Technology
Canada, a not-for-profit corporation created by the Government of Canada It
has also been supported by a loan from the Ontario Ministry of Research and
Innovation under its Innovation Demonstration Fund, and the provision at
nominal cost of the site and supply of waste during the demonstration period
by the City of Ottawa.

For further information:

For further information: Sharilyn Cyr, Executive Assistant to the CEO,
Plasco Energy Group Inc., (613) 591-9438 ext. 1501

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