Enerkem to retire Edmonton gasification plant

Enerkem will be retiring its Enerkem Alberta Biofuels (EAB) plant in Edmonton.

The EAB facility achieved its main objective of completing the commercial scale-up of Enerkem’s industry-leading technology. With more than 15,000 hours of operation producing ethanol and methanol (ISCC EU and ISCC PLUS certified), the plant facilitated the validation of Enerkem’s waste-to-biofuels platform.

It also allowed Enerkem to attract global partners and investors while developing a team with expertise in design and deployment of advanced gasification technology.

With those objectives achieved and factoring in the current market and domestic regulatory conditions, Enerkem has made the decision to retire the EAB plant. Thanks to the learnings acquired at EAB, Enerkem, with the support of its strategic investors, will continue to focus on the global deployment and commercialization of its technology.

The Enerkem technology demonstrated in Edmonton will continue to play an important role in diverting waste from landfills and incineration and assisting decarbonization efforts in Canada and around the world.

In a statement, Enerkem expressed gratitude to the team members who made EAB a reality, from its development to its construction and operation. It also recognized the City of Edmonton’s leadership and vision in supporting EAB from the beginning as an innovative solution for municipal waste diversion.

Founded in 2000, Enerkem develops and commercializes gasification technology transforming non-recyclable waste into biofuels, low-carbon fuels and circular chemicals for hard-to-abate sectors, including sustainable aviation and marine fuels.