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Government of Québec to invest $27M in Enerkem/Greenfield Ethanol waste-to-biofu

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Government of Québec to invest $27M in Enerkem/Greenfield Ethanol waste-to-biofuels plant


The Government of Québec plans to inject C$27 million in Québec’s first full-scale commercial cellulosic ethanol plant through the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife and Investissement Québec. This facility will be built and operated by a joint venture partnership formed by Enerkem, a waste-to-biofuels and chemicals company, and GreenField Ethanol, Canada’s largest ethanol company.


The future plant will be located in Varennes, Québec and will use Enerkem’s proprietary technology to convert non-recyclable municipal solid waste into biofuels. With a full-scale waste-to-biofuels facility under construction in Edmonton, Alberta, and another one under development in Mississippi, the Varennes facility represents Enerkem’s third full-scale commercial project....


... 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. Located on the site of Ethanol GreenField’s current plant, this project will represent one of the first integrations between an existing, first generation ethanol plant and a new cellulosic ethanol plant.

    —Vincent Chornet, Enerkem President and CEO


...The anticipated annual production capacity of this plant is approximately 38 million liters (10 million gallons US).


The $27 million contribution from the Government of Québec includes $18 million in financial assistance from the Ministry of Natural Resources and Wildlife and a $9 million loan from Investissement Québec....




you don't invest in building 3 state of the art facilities at the same time in 3 different corners of the continent if you DON'T ALREADY KNOW that you have a prove profitable technology and process in place!


All they need now is to launch a 4th plant in southern California and they'll have one in each corner of the continent...


More good news from the MSW-Ethanol front...


Keep'em coming folks! :)


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Engineering to begin on Greenfield, Enerkem MSW-to-ethanol plant


Greenfield Ethanol Inc. has teamed with Enerkem Inc. to establish a 10 MMgy cellulosic ethanol facility at the site of Greenfield’s existing 120 million liter per year (about 31 MMgy) corn ethanol plant in Varennes, Quèbec, partially because the company envisions a future ethanol industry that relies very much on integrated production, according to Greenfield President and CEO Robert Gallant. “We believe firmly in the concept of the biorefinery,” he said. “Therefore, we have made our Varennes facility a candidate for that. It can act as a hub for new technologies to be bolted on to produce ethanol, for example. And Enerkem is an example of that.”


Gallant said engineering work for the sorted municipal solid waste-to-ethanol facility will begin in the second quarter of this year. A groundbreaking is planned for early 2013, with production anticipated to begin sometime in 2014. Early estimates place the total project costs at around $90 million, he said. The Government of Quèbec recently offered to contribute a total of $27 million to the project, citing several benefits that the project offers for the province’s citizens, including reducing the amount of waste that enters landfills and providing cleaner air through reduced greenhouse gas emissions. “In addition to presenting a solution to landfilling, today’s announcement will enable greenhouse gas emission reductions by about 110,000 metric tons of CO2 per year,” Minister Clément Gignac said in a Feb. 6 news release. “Cellulosic ethanol is a renewable fuel that will contribute to reducing our dependence on petroleum products. By supporting this project, our government is concretely reinforcing energy security for Quèbec.”


Enerkem is currently constructing a 10 MMgy cellulosic ethanol facility in Edmonton, Alberta, which is expected to begin producing methanol early next year, with cellulosic ethanol production to follow in the second half of 2013. ...


...Enerkem recently filed a registration statement with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, laying the groundwork for a $125 million initial public offering. In the registration statement, the company noted that it has spent 10 years validating its technology using MSW as well as wood and agricultural residues. Enerkem’s goal is to produce 100 gallons of cellulosic ethanol per metric ton of feedstock at a cost of about $1.50 per gallon in a 10 MMgy facility. The company is currently working on a proposed 10 MMgy facility in Pontotoc, Miss., and said it believes the U.S. has 140 million metric tons of feedstock available from landfills annually, providing plenty of waste for additional facilities.

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