MOVES: Former LyondellBasell exec de Vries joins Canada’s Enerkem

03 November 2011 17:08  [Source: ICIS news]

TORONTO (ICIS)--Former LyondellBasell executive Anton de Vries has joined the board of Canadian biofuels and chemicals firm Enerkem, effective on Thursday, Montreal-based company said.

De Vries was until last year a senior vice president of olefins and polyolefins at LyondellBasell. He left the company in November 2010 after 11 years. Before that he spent more than 18 years in various roles at Shell.

“Enerkem enjoys a unique leading position in the biofuels and chemicals markets", de Vries said. "I am eager to work with the team as Enerkem is fast approaching full-scale commercialisation [of its technology],” he added.

Enerkem has a waste-to-biofuels plant under construction in Edmonton, Alberta, and it is developing several projects in the US and Canada to convert municipal solid waste into biofuels and chemicals.

Last year, Bruce Aitken, CEO of Vancouver-based methanol major Methanex, also joined Enerkem’s board.

Under an off-take deal agreed in September, Enerkem will supply methanol produced at its plant in Edmonton to Methanex.

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By: Stefan Baumgarten
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