Enerkem, a Canadian waste-to-fuel company, has announced its ground-breaking celebration to commemorate the start of its new biofuel refinery construction. Enerkem Alberta Biofuels a fully owned subsidiary of Enerkem will construct and manage the new proposed plant. The company has signed a 25 year agreement with the city of Edmonton to procure municipal solid waste to run the plant.
The newly planned biofuel plant located in Edmonton, Alberta will be constructed with an investment of over C$80 million. The new plant is expected to use municipal solid waste (MSW) to produce around 10 million gallons of biofuel a year. The biofuel produced will be sufficient to run 400,000 cars running on an E5 blend for a year. The plant is expected to reduce the CO2 emissions of the city by 6 million tons, from the day of its commercial production to the year 2035.
Vincent Chornet, CEO of Enerkem, said that the ground-breaking ceremony symbolizes a shift towards the construction of large scale biofuel plants. He added that the plant ushers a new beginning in the use of non-recyclable garbage to supply fuel for vehicles while reducing carbon emissions.