The City of Edmonton, the Province of Alberta and company Epcor have announced they will collaborate to construct an $87 million gasification plant at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre by 2012. The plant will be innovative in making synthetic gas out of municipal waste — plastics, contaminated paper, textiles, etc. — that can’t be composted or recycled.
The gas will be converted into 10 megawatts of electricity annually, or enough to power the waste facility and much of the surrounding industrial infrastructure. The plant will reduce greenhouse gas emissions annually by 150,000 tonnes, equivalent to removing 37,500 cars from Edmonton roads, and help divert up to 90 per cent of our household waste from landfill.
The gasification plant is a high-tech complement to the Clover Bar landfill’s gas project, which employs older technology to recover methane from the facility’s 12 million tonnes of buried waste.