Calgary—Alter NRG Corp., an alternative energy company in Calgary, has signed a memorandum of understanding with Dufferin County, Ont. to develop a waste conversion facility.
The plant will process 75 tonnes per day of household waste and convert it into about two megawatts of electricity in Dufferin County, Ont. The agreement includes $200,000 in funding from the country, to start the engineering process.
Alter NRG was selected in May. Under the terms of the deal, the county will provide the waste feedstock for a 20-year period, a serviced site for the facility, and will work with Alter NRG to obtain regulatory approval, financing and government grants.
The company’s plasma gasification technology has been used commercially in two facilities in Japan for more than six years. The facilities have met all Japanese environmental standards, which are similar or more stringent than North American standards, the company reported.
Financing for the $32-million facility is expected to come from government grants and incentives, municipal and other debt, along with equity contributions. Though Alter NRG is the initial operator, minority partners are expected to join.
Construction is scheduled to start in late 2010, and the plant should be operational by late 2012. It’s expected to be constructed on a site originally intended for a landfill.