A new biorefinery facility in the Greater Montreal Area will turn non-recyclable waste from landfills into valuable, low-carbon intensive biofuels; the first of its kind in Quebec and a flagship facility of a circular economy less dependent on fossil fuels.
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Re-imagining Sustainable Energy Production
Enerkem, a leading Canadian cleantech company, is expanding its footprint for renewable hydrogen and oxygen production across Canada with a new, commercial scale biorefinery facility in Varennes, Quebec.
Scheduled to be operational in 2023, the $875M gasification facility will transform non-recyclable institutional, commercial and industrial (IC&I) waste and forestry waste into biofuels and renewable chemicals. Over 200,000 tonnes of residual waste sitting in Quebec landfills will be used to produce nearly 130 million litres of biofuels every year, which is one of the lowest carbon-intensive fuels. This production of circular synthesis gas will utilize Québec’s green electricity and green hydrogen and oxygen produced through electrolysis.
Flagship Facility for a Greener, Circular Economy
Replacing fossil sources and traditional hydrocarbons like petroleum and natural gas in transportation and everyday products with low-carbon intensive biofuels and renewable chemicals will contribute to a Greenhouse Gas (GHG) reduction equivalent to removing 50,000 vehicles off the road every year.
“Our vision is to help reduce up to 90% of our waste by transforming non-reusable materials to power vehicles or manufacture lots of useful things in communities around the world.”
WSP Awarded Detailed Engineering and Procurement Services for the Construction of the Facility
Whether we are helping our clients and stakeholders understand the evolution of related technologies, infrastructure and standards, or providing the technical know-how to design and build cleaner energy pathways to meet their net zero targets, WSP re-imagines energy today for tomorrow. Awarded Detailed Engineering and Procurement Services for the construction of the facility, WSP is proud to work with Enerkem.
Photo credit: Enerkem’s full-scale waste-to-biofuels facility in Edmonton, Alberta (photo: Curtis Trent)
Tonnes of non-recyclable and wood waste being converted