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Westbury, Quebec (Canada)

Westbury Commercial Demonstration Facility - Enerkem

Type: Demonstration Plant

Status: Operations started in 2009

Feedstock: Used electricity poles

Main Product: Syngas, Biomethanol, Acetates, Cellulosic Ethanol

Capacity: 5 million litres /1.3 million gallons per year


Enerkem’s Westbury facility is the company’s first biofuels and biochemicals facility. This demonstration-scale facility is consider the first ethanol and biochemicals plant to use negative-cost and unconventional materials - treated wood from used electricity poles as a feedstock. 


Operations started in 2009 with the production of conditioned syngas. Methanol production has been underway at the Westbury facility since 2011, and cellulosic ethanol since spring 2012.


The plant is located in a rural area, near a sawmill that recycles used electricity and telephone poles. Enerkem employs the non-usable portion of these poles and creates value from it.