Alberta gives go-ahead for $1.2 billion Calgary biofuels plant

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Calgary biofuels plant rendering

CaDCR staff writer

The Alberta government has given the go-ahead to build a $1.2 billion negative emissions biofuels plant in Calgary.

Future Energy Park will use non-food grade waste to produce RNG that’s fed directly into a nearby natural gas mainline, The Calgary Herald has reported. It will also produce ethanol and methane-reducing cattle feed. The project is expected to be completed in 2026.

The 21-hectare property is expected to create 800 jobs over two years of construction and about 100 jobs during operations, the published report says.

“It’s ready to get built and certainly has a massive impact on the local economy and the local supply chain,” Jesse Douglas, CEO of Green Impact Partners, a publicly traded clean energy company, said in an interview with Postmedia.

The project is expected to approximately triple the amount of renewable natural gas (RNG) on Canada’s grid, though still making up less than a per cent of all natural gas production.Most of the funding for the project is private.

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