Plasco lands key provincial approval

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Plasco Energy Group Inc. cleared a major hurdle to constructing a full-scale commercial waste-to-energy facility this week when it received a key environmental approval from the provincial government.

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Plasco Energy Group Inc. cleared a major hurdle to constructing a full-scale commercial waste-to-energy facility this week when it received a key environmental approval from the provincial government.

With its certificate of approval in place, Plasco now plans to revisit a 2008 motion approved by city  council – adopted during the previous council term – to construct a second plant at the Trail Road landfill.

“Rather then attempting to rely on an old agreement and an old approval, we very much agreed with city staff that council should have an opportunity to decide again whether it wishes to proceed, and whether it wanted to vary the agreement that we had originally come to,” he said. “We are perfectly happy with that.”

The city and Plasco still need to come to an agreement on  the amount of waste being processed, the tipping fees paid by the city and other performance metrics.

Mr. Bryden said councillors are interested in a commercial site entering operation and expects to encounter little controversy.

The ministry approval also enhances Plasco’s global profile, offering proof the technology works effectively under rigorous environmental standards.

“Approval in Ontario is very creditable evidence of the ability of the plant to perform environmentally,” Mr. Bryden said. “Canada in general, but Ontario specifically, is recognized as requiring environmental standards that are generally as good as any in the world, and tighter than most.”

Mr. Bryden said that the company can now move ahead with scheduling site visits, which are in high demand as potential clients from around the world come to see the company’s facility. Data of the site’s operation over time will demonstrate to interested parties that the technology is reliable in processing large quantities of waste on schedule.

In December, the site was shut down in order construct additions to the plant in order to improve the plant’s performance by increasing its throughput and removing bottlenecks. The company invested $16 million for the additions.

In March, the company announced it secured another round of financing, raising $140 million. The capital is being used to fund projects in Canada, California, the United Kingdom, Poland, China and the Caribbean.

Mr. Bryden said that the site has been ready to operate for a month, as the company awaited ministry approval.

Organizations: Plasco Energy Group

Geographic location: California, Ontario, Trail Road Canada United Kingdom Poland China

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