The governments of Canada and Quebec have provided more than $30 million for the construction of the biomethanation facilities for the Société d’économie mixte de l’est de la couronne sud (SEMECS).
The SEMECS project will facilitate the treatment of organic waste generated by residents of the regional county municipalities (MRCs) of La Vallée-du-Richelieu, Marguerite-D’Youville and Rouville. The new biomethanation facilities will be able to efficiently reclaim organic material from various sources and convert it into renewable fuel, i.e. biogas.
Once purified, the biogas will be used as fuel for the Quebec GreenField Ethanol Inc. refinery, and will replace a portion of the natural gas that the company uses in its processes. In addition, farmers who sell their crops to the refinery will be able to use the digestate produced in the biomethanation process as an organic amendment. Local residents will be able to have their food waste, green waste and septic tank sludge treated by local firms rather than having it sent for disposal.
This biomethanation project demonstrates the synergy created through the implementation of green technology, which will contribute to the fight against climate change and help to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, while at the same time producing energy and fertilizer.
“I am pleased to participate today in the initial ground-breaking ceremony marking the start of construction of biomethanation facilities here in Varennes,” said David Heurtel, Minister of Sustainable Development. “This project will eventually divert 35,000 tonnes of organic matter from disposal in landfills each year. Through the construction of this green infrastructure, organic matter can now be converted into biogas and digestate, which will promote economic development, while directly helping to achieve our objectives in the fight against climate change.”
The Government of Canada is committed to investing up to $16.2 million from the Green Infrastructure Fund to build the biomethanation facilities of the Société d’économie mixte de l’est de la couronne sud. The Government du Québec is contributing up to $14.3 million to this project under the Program for Processing Organic Matter Using Biomethanization and Composting (PTMOBC). The governments of Canada and Quebec are investing up to $30.5 million in this project, the total estimated cost of which is $57.8 million.