World’s First Municipal Waste-to-Biofuels Facility in Edmonton, Alberta
Enerkem Inc. recently started the construction of its municipal waste-to-biofuels facility with its partners, the City of Edmonton and the Government of Alberta.
Enerkem’s advanced biofuels plant, which will be located in Edmonton, Alberta, is the world’s first industrial-scale biofuels project to use municipal solid waste as feedstock. It will have an annual production capacity of 36 million litres/10 million gallons. Using Enerkem’s proprietary clean technology, the $80 million facility will produce enough biofuels to fuel over 400 000 cars per year running on a 5% ethanol blend. It will be built, owned and operated by Enerkem Alberta Biofuels LP, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enerkem.
The City of Edmonton and Enerkem Alberta Biofuels have signed a 25-year agreement to convert 100,000 tonnes of the City’s municipal solid waste into biofuels annually. The garbage to be used cannot be recycled or composted.
By replacing a portion of the petroleum fuels currently used and by avoiding the methane emissions created during waste decomposition in landfills, Enerkem’s advanced biofuels facility will reduce Alberta’s carbon dioxide (CO2) footprint by 6 million t over the next 25 years.
The advanced biofuels facility will create more than 180 direct and indirect jobs during the operations, construction and engineering phases. It will contribute to the Canadian and Albertan Renewable Fuel Standards. The plant is scheduled to start operating towards the end of 2011. www.edmontonbiofuels.ca
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