Varennes, Québec, Canada 

In December 2020, Enerkem announced the construction of a C$875 million biofuels plant in Varennes with a group of strategic partners including Shell, as lead investor, as well as Suncor and Proman, and Hydro-Québec, which will supply renewable hydrogen and oxygen, and with the support of the governments of Quebec and Canada. Varennes Carbon Recycling (VCR), will produce biofuels and renewable chemicals made from non-recyclable residual materials as well as wood waste. 

The plant will leverage green hydrogen and oxygen produced through electrolysis, transforming Quebec’s excess hydroelectricity capacity into value-added biofuels and renewable chemicals. Enerkem’s proprietary thermochemical process will enable the recycling of the carbon and hydrogen contained in non-recyclable waste and wood waste currently landfilled or burned. In addition to providing a second life to waste material, VRC will expand the overall supply of alternative fuels and increase biofuel production in Québec increasing its leadership in renewable energy and innovation. 

Commissioning of the first phase is scheduled for 2023.

Current stage: under construction

Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

Enerkem Alberta Biofuels located in Edmonton, Canada, is the world’s first major collaboration between a large city and an innovative waste-to-biofuels producer. Together, Enerkem and the City of Edmonton address the non-recyclable and non-compostable waste disposal challenge by diverting household waste destined to landfills.

In 2016, the facility obtained certification from the International Sustainability and Carbon Certification (ISCC) system. In 2017, the Enerkem Alberta Biofuels facility received the lowest carbon intensity value ever issued by the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines under the Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Regulation. It is also the first-ever waste-to-biofuel facility to sell its ethanol under the U.S. Renewable Fuel Standard after receiving registration approval from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2017.

Current stage: in commission

Rotterdam, The Netherlands

The consortium comprised of Nouryon, Air Liquide, the Port of Rotterdam and Enerkem and now Shell is looking to build a waste-to-chemicals plant within the Botlek area of the Port of Rotterdam. The project is supported by the City of Rotterdam and the Province of Zuid Holland. The facility will be the first of its kind in Europe to provide a sustainable alternative to incineration, by converting waste to raw materials for the chemical industry as well as advanced biofuels for the transportation sector. 

Current stage: in development, pending Final Investment Decision (FID)


Tarragona, Spain

Enerkem and Suez have signed a project development agreement covering initial investments in an advanced carbon molecular recycling facility in El Morell (Tarragona), Spain. This is a pioneering renewable chemical industry project, mod. The facility will be the first of its kind in Spain dedicated to the commercial production of green methanol from secondary raw materials derived mostly from pretreated non-recoverable waste. 

Current stage: in development, pending Final Investment Decision (FID)