Campbell’s Bay, June 16, 2016 – Raymond Durocher, MRC Pontiac Warden, is pleased to confirm the continuation of development activities in the Biomass Conversion Centre (CVB) project. At a press conference held on June 16, he reported on the CVB’s progress and stressed its growing relevance to Quebec’s current political, economic and environmental priorities.
“MRC Pontiac Council, as well as the Committee responsible for ensuring the development and implementation of the CVB, are enthusiastic about the project. The steps we’ve taken over the last months are paying off and are very encouraging for the future,” said Durocher.
The MRC Pontiac is responsible for economic development on its territory, and as such, it is working towards putting the necessary conditions in place to restart the region’s economy in a sustainable manner. Job creation, direct and indirect returns, the region’s level of competitiveness and positioning in the Quebec economic environment are at the heart of MRC Council’s concerns.
“Given the forest’s prominence on the Pontiac landscape, and that it has been at the heart of our region’s socioeconomic profile for centuries, it was only natural that we seize this opportunity to distinguish ourselves and meet Quebec’s evolving needs. The MRC has a project that expressly responds to contemporary expectations. It’s an excellent opportunity which puts us in a good position to achieve our goals,” adds Durocher.
In the coming months, the MRC and the CVB committee will be busy putting into place the building blocks for the future of the CVB. They will promote the project, ask for the required political and economic commitments, and obtain the commercial support necessary to get the CVB up and running as quickly as possible.
Identifying the best technologies
The CVB committee has continued its efforts to identify the best technology to operate the CVB’s biorefining unit, the first unit of production to be implemented, which will produce commercial sugars (glucose and xylose). These ingredients are in increasing demand for the production of various everyday consumer products. The committee is confident that it can make a decision within a few months. The committee mentions that the main selection criterion for the technology is market maturity. Once implemented, the technology should extract commercial level sugars.
The CVB remains subject to financing and naming a promoter to operate the Centre. As of today, a group of investors and a potential operator have shown interest and wish to study the project. However, given that this interest was only recently manifested, the MRC cannot disclose additional information at this time.
The CVB: A Project For The Future
The MRC Warden stresses that “the CVB is the first major initiative to restart Pontiac’s economy to come out of the Vision Pontiac 2020 Strategic Plan that we developed with local stakeholders.” Not only does the CVB project constitute the first major initiative of Vision Pontiac 2020, but it also fits into the Quebec government’s economic perspective, which values innovation and sustainable development. The CVB project also contributes to the objectives of the new 2030 Energy Policy, which depends on biomass energy production to reduce greenhouse gases.
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