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Shell Invests in Quebec’s first Waste to Low-Carbon Fuels Plant

Shell Canada Limited, an affiliate of Royal Dutch Shell plc, today announced in a press release the signing of commercial agreements to invest in Varennes Carbon Recycling, the first waste to low-carbon fuels plant in Québec, Canada. Shell will have a 40% interest in the plant using technology developed by Enerkem, a leading Canadian clean tech company. Enerkem announced the project in December 2020, subject to finalization of commercial agreements.

The approximately C$875 million commercial-scale facility will be constructed in Varennes, Québec, and will produce low-carbon fuels and renewable chemicals products from non-recyclable waste using Enerkem’s proprietary technology. Commissioning of the first phase of the facility is scheduled for 2023. Critical investment in the plant comes from Shell, Enerkem, Suncor, Proman and Hydro-Québec, as well as from the Québec and Canadian governments.

Once completed, the plant will treat more than 200,000 tonnes of non-recyclable waste and wood waste per year with an annual production of nearly 125 million litres of low carbon fuels.

Shell’s ambition to become a net-zero emissions energy business by 2050 or sooner, in step with society, includes reducing the carbon intensity of the company’s energy products. Shell’s low-carbon fuels production strategy is anchored around its access to competitive feedstock, commercialization of advanced technology and the building of internal capability.

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