Enerkem announces progress on construction of Canada's first cellulosic ethanol plant

    MONTREAL, March 4 /CNW Telbec/ - Enerkem today announced progress on the
construction of its commercial demonstration plant for the production of
cellulosic ethanol.
    The Enerkem plant in Westbury, Canada will be one of the first plants in
the world to make cellulosic ethanol at an industrial scale. It will produce
1.5 million gallons of cellulosic ethanol from creosoted urban wood
(end-of-life cycle power poles). This first demonstration plant represents a
major step for Enerkem, coming after more than 3,000 hours of testing since
2003 at its pilot plant in Sherbrooke, Canada.
    Construction on the Westbury plant began in October 2007 and will be
completed this fall. The next phase consists of installing the gasification
and gas conditioning equipment, which is at the core of Enerkem's technology.
This phase will be followed by the construction of the catalytic islands where
the syngas will be reformed into cellulosic ethanol.
    This plant is the first in a series of industrial projects to be
announced in the months ahead which will be using municipal solid waste and
for which the company will be paid to use in its process.
    Unlike traditional ethanol, which is produced from cereals or plants that
are part of the food chain, cellulosic ethanol is made from materials that
have a lignocellulosic biomass, such as wood residues and solid urban wastes,
known as residual materials.
    "Enerkem is a pioneer in the emerging world market for cellulosic
biofuels," says Vincent Chornet, Enerkem's President and Chief Executive
Officer. "Unlike other gasification technologies, which are limited to using
the gas for the production of heat and electricity, Enerkem's synthetic gas is
conditioned for use as a chemical feedstock in the manufacturing of higher
value-added products, such as cellulosic ethanol and other biofuels,"
Mr. Chornet adds. "This approach redefines current waste management practices
into a more sustainable and economical solution," he concludes.
    This new generation of renewable biofuels offers many advantages. It
contributes to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions by using materials
that would otherwise produce methane when landfilled. It also produces a
renewable fuel for cars, replacing gasoline which is produced from oil.

    About Enerkem

    Headquartered in Montreal, Quebec with engineering offices in Sherbrooke,
Quebec, Enerkem is a leader in the production of cellulosic biofuels.
Enerkem's gasification, sequential gas conditioning and catalysis technology
converts sorted municipal solid waste and forest residues into cellulosic
ethanol and other biofuels. The Company has operated a pilot plant since 2003
and is currently building an industrial-scale cellulosic ethanol production
plant in Canada. It is also participating, in partnership with world-class
organizations, in other projects which are in various stages of development.

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For further information:

For further information: Marie-Hélène Labrie, Communications, (514)
875-0284, mlabrie@enerkem.com

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