Quebec Partnership to Build Waste to Energy Plant

Allan Gerlat, News Editor

February 7, 2012

1 Min Read
Quebec Partnership to Build Waste to Energy Plant

A public-private partnership in Quebec plans to build a waste-to-energy plant in Varennes.

The Quebec government said it would invest $27 million in the province’s first full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant. The facility will be built and operated through a joint venture partnership between Montreal-based Enerkem Inc. and Toronto-based GreenField Ethanol Inc., Enerkem said in a news release.

The plant will use Enerkem’s proprietary technology to turnnon-recyclable municipal solid waste into biofuels. Enerkem also has a waste-to-biofuels facility under construction in Mississippi and another in Edmonton, Alberta.

The facility is located on the site of the current plant of GreenField, a Canadian leader in alcohol production.

The non-recyclable waste will come from institutional, commercial and industrial operations, as well as from construction and demolition debris.

"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," said Vincent Chornet, Enerkem president and CEO.


About the Author(s)

Allan Gerlat

News Editor, Waste360

Allan Gerlat joined the Waste360 staff in September 2011 as news editor. He was the editor of Waste & Recycling News for the first 16 years of its history, and under his guidance the publication won 27 national and regional awards.

Before Waste & Recycling News, Allan worked at another Crain Communications publication, Rubber & Plastics News, which covers rubber product manufacturing. He began with the publication as associate editor and eventually became managing editor, a position he held for nine years.

Allan is a graduate of Ohio University, where he earned a BS in journalism. He is based in Sagamore Hills, in northeast Ohio.

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