The proposed site would be on a 17 acre parcel of leased land on Pier 15 in the Port of Hamilton, Ontario. The proposed EFW facility would receive and process up to 170,000 tonnes per year of non-hazardous wastes using a Gasplasma® process and 30,000 tonnes per year using a conventional direct plasma process.
The Gasplasma® process is an advanced thermal conversion technology developed to treat wastes and to convert them into synthetic gas (syngas). The core concept of this process is the conversion of waste to a clean syngas that can be used directly for production of heat or for generation of electricity or to substitute natural gas.
The Gasplasma® technology has the capability to process a wide variety of waste streams, and for the purposes of this undertaking, the proposed facility would receive industrial, commercial & institutional (ICI), construction and demolition waste (C&D), biosolids, biomass, pre-processed tires, and other non-hazardous waste streams and municipal waste (MSW). It is anticipated that the proposed facility would receive and process up to 200,000 tonnes per year of non-hazardous wastes. (Learn more about the Technology)
Port Fuels & Material Services, Inc. (PFMSI) has commenced an Environmental Screening Process in accordance with the Waste Management Projects Regulation (Ontario Regulation 101/07) of the Environmental Assessment Act in order to permit and develop an Energy-From-Waste (EFW) facility with its Gasplasma® process. (Learn more about the Environmental Assessment process).
The facility design is based on the experience of over 80 installations worldwide by the technology provider (Advanced Plasma Power) including the facility in Swindon, UK which operates using the Gasplasma® technology. (Learn more about the Swindon facility)
Note that the facility video on this page shows a general layout of a Gasplasma® facility, but is not an exact representation of the PFMSI facility being proposed in Hamilton, ON.