Montreal, Quebec – Montreal-based Enerkem Inc., a biofuels and green chemicals technology company, has announced plans to build and operate a biofuels production facility in Pontotoc, Mississippi. It is the company’s first U.S. facility.
The company has also signed a Memorandum of Intent with the Three Rivers Solid Waste Management Authority of Mississippi for the supply of approximately 189,000 tons of unsorted municipal solid waste per year to be used as feedstock for the facility.
The plant will be built, owned and operated by Enerkem Mississippi Biofuels, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Enerkem. It is expected to produce 20 million gallons of next-generation ethanol per year, using a mix of wood residues from regional forest and agricultural operations, urban biomass such as municipal solid waste, construction and demolition debris, and treated wood. The total project represents an investment of US$250 million.
“We are pleased to collaborate with the northern Mississippi community on building an unprecedented advanced biofuels project,” said Vincent Chornet, president and CEO of Enerkem. “The project, our first in the United States, will leverage the expertise we’ve gained both at our large-scale pilot facility and at our first commercial plant. This project is unique in that it uses a mix of municipal solid waste — which has negative cost — and wood residues as feedstock, allowing Enerkem to achieve substantial commercial scale and favourable economics.”
Unlike first-generation biofuels, which are produced from crops such as corn and sugar cane, second-generation biofuels are produced from biomass and waste materials.