SUEZ selected for organic waste treatment centre in Montreal

WCN Editorial Team 9 Oct 2019 NORTH AMERICA ENERGY & UTILITIES

French utility company SUEZ has been selected by the City of Montreal to construct a €115m ($126m) organic waste treatment facility in Montreal, Canada.

Under the terms of the contract, SUEZ will construct the plant in two years and operate the facility for five years.

SUEZ will design, build and operate the organic waste treatment centre, which will be located in the Saint-Laurent borough.

To be built on the east side of Montreal Island, the organic waste biomethanation centre will have the capacity to process 60,000 tonnes of organic material each year.

The new plant is expected to convert organic waste material into biomethane to produce renewable gas to power 3,600 homes.

Montreal Mayor Valerie Plante said: “Our concern for the environment is a major reason why the City of Montréal wants to become a leader in the use of biogas.

“Biogas plants significantly curb the greenhouse effect by capturing this harmful gas and using it as fuel. Biogas generation helps cut reliance on the use of fossil fuels, such as oil and coal.”

SUEZ will use advanced technologies for anaerobic digestion of organic material to produce biogas, which will be purified using high-performance membranes to produce biomethane.

Non-polluting and locally produced, biomethane provides the same advantages as natural gas and will be injected into the local gas network.

SUEZ CEO Bertrand Camus said: “Recovering household waste into new resources is as much an economic issue as an environmental one: it helps preserve natural resources, curb greenhouse gas emissions and reduce the volumes of waste stored.

“Cities like Montreal are now playing a key role in the circular economy by creating local recovery cycles.

“SUEZ is proud to support the City of Montreal in its transition towards a new local, sustainable, and low-carbon energy model.”
The waste treatment plant is expected to be completed in 2022.

This is the second organic waste treatment centre planned by the City of Montréal to recover and divert organic waste from landfills by 2020.

Earlier in 2019, a joint venture between SUEZ and NWS Holdings was selected for a £893m ($1.1bn) wastewater treatment contract in Dongying Chemical Industry Park in Shandong province, China.

-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Image: SUEZ to build an organic waste treatment centre in Montreal. Photo: Courtesy of SUEZ.

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