Varennes Carbon Recycling
at a glance
TRANSFORMING NON-RECYCLABLE WASTE INTO ENERGY
The Varennes Carbon Recycling (VCR) plant will produce biofuels and renewable chemicals made from non-recyclable residual materials as well as wood waste. A tangible support for the circular economy.
A project with multiple partners
Representing an investment of more than C$875 million, this project is led by a group of strategic world-class partners, that include major investor Shell, along with Enerkem, Suncor and Proman, with the support of the Québec and Canadian governments.
The plant will convert the carbon contained in currently non-recyclable waste into a new generation of value-added biofuels and commonly used chemicals. Clean, renewable Quebec electricity is an essential component of this conversion and will come from a large-scale electrolyzer built by Hydro-Québec.
An innovative transformation process
Enerkem’s proprietary thermochemical process is internationally recognized, subject to some 100 patents and is a key solution for the global energy transition. It will recycle the carbon and hydrogen contained in non-recyclable waste and wood waste currently landfilled or burned. VCR will also increase the overall supply of alternative fuels and increase the production of biofuels, thereby strengthening Quebec’s leadership in renewable energy and innovation.
Conversion of more than 200,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste and residual forest biomass into an annual production of nearly 125 million litres of biofuels.
Construction of one of the world’s largest green hydrogen production facilities with an 87-megawatt electrolyzer leveraging Québec’s green electricity.
Commissioning of the first phase scheduled for 2023.
Total investment estimated at more than
CAD $875 million.
Creation of more than 500 jobs during construction and about 100 permanent direct skilled jobs during operations.
Annual recurring economic benefits of
$85 million for Québec.
Start of site preparation work
Official announcement of the project with all partners
Last update: February, 23, 2022
Phase 2 of the site preparation work began in September 2021, including excavation and backfill for the access road from Vincent Chornet Street to the plant entrance. In addition, the installation of underground conduits (aqueduct, storm, sanitary and fire) in the access road and the installation of the temporary trailer complex to accommodate the work crews during the construction of the plant were completed.
Several positions to be filled by the end of 2022.
Management | Engineering | Operations | Administration | Maintenance
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