Canada Enerkem breaks ground at trash-to-ethanol plant

31 August 2010 21:49  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--Canadian biofuels maker Enerkem on Tuesday broke ground at a facility in Edmonton, Alberta, that will produce ethanol using municipal waste as feedstock.

Enerkem said the plant was the world's first industrial-scale biofuels project to use non-recyclable municipal solid waste as raw material.

The company signed a 25-year agreement to convert 100,000 tonnes/year of Edmonton’s municipal solid waste into biofuels.

The project will require an investment of Canadian dollar (C$) 80.0m ($75.2m), Enerkem said, adding that the plant would produce enough ethanol to fuel over 400,000 automobiles/year running on a 5% ethanol blend.

The facility, which has 36m litres/year of capacity, is scheduled to start operations at the end of 2011.

($1 = C$1.06)

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