BioRefinex project closer to realization

The City of Lacombe and BioRefinex Canada continue to advance the innovative Lacombe Biorefinery, and the project is now even closer

  • May. 30, 2013 6:00 a.m.

The City of Lacombe and BioRefinex Canada continue to advance the innovative Lacombe Biorefinery, and the project is now even closer to being realized after securing the necessary regulatory and environmental permits from the Alberta Utilities Commission and Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development.

“This facility will be a  great asset to our community, and will highlight Lacombe as a center for agricultural and biotechnology innovation,” said Mayor Steve Christie.

“We will continue working closely with BioRefinex representatives to bring this project to fruition.”

Once complete, the Lacombe Biorefinery project will serve as the first full demonstration facility for the BioRefinex technology.

It will become the showcase for how the City can successfully contribute to a sustainable environment by diverting organic waste material from landfills and incinerators and converting them into valuable nutrient and energy products.

“We are pleased to have received the regulatory approvals from the provincial government, and we are grateful to the City of Lacombe for its ongoing support,” said Chris Thrall, president and CEO of BioRefinex Canada.

“We are now working towards finalizing our financing, and hope to break ground on the project this fall.”

The City of Lacombe and BioRefinex Canada had signed a conditional land sale and purchase agreement for 12.17 acres of land in southeast Lacombe for the construction of the Lacombe Biorefinery.

The agreement also contained provisions for the exploration of the application of the BioRefinex technology as an alternate treatment of the City’s various waste materials.

“This underscores the project’s commitment to environmental best practices,” said CAO Norma MacQuarrie.

“There is also a provision in this agreement for the City of Lacombe to purchase renewable energy from the project and an in-kind contribution by BioRefinex for some of this process heat and/or power.”

Go to www.biorefinex.com for more information.

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