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Shell (RDS.A) Takes 40% Stake in New Quebec Biofuel Plant

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Royal Dutch Shell Plc’s RDS.A Canada subsidiary entered a commercial agreement to invest in Varennes Carbon Recycling (“VCR”) facility, which is the first waste to low-carbon fuel plant in Québec, Canada.

The facility, which will be developed in Varennes, Québec, is designed to produce one of the least carbon-intensive fuels. Notably, Shell will have a 40% participating interest in the project. The remaining stakeholders in the plant include waste-to-biofuel and renewable chemical product developer Enerkem, and energy producers Suncor Energy SU, Proman and Hydro-Québe, with supports from Québec and Canada governments.

The C$875-million facility will manufacture low-carbon fuels and renewable chemical substances obtained from non-biodegradable wastes with the help of a disruptive technology developed by Enerkem. In other words, the facility will utilize Enerkem’s technology to transform non-recyclable and wood wastes from landfill sites with green hydrogen and oxygen produced by the process of electrolysis. Upon its completion, the plant is expected to process more than 200,000 tonnes of non-recyclable and wood wastes per year, and an annual output of approximately 125 million liters of low carbon fuels.

Furthermore, the VCR facility is likely to increase the total supply of alternative fuel and enhance growth of biofuel production in Quebec. It is expected to facilitate the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in the transportation sector, while enhancing Quebec's reputation as one of the leaders in renewable energy. Notably, the implementation of the first phase of the facility is planned for 2023.

Importantly, Shell aims to become a net-zero emission company by 2050 by reducing the carbon intensity of its energy products. Notably, the VCR plant shows Shell’s ability to utilize wastes as raw materials to offer customers carbon-free and cost-effective products.

Company Profile

Shell is one of the primary oil majors — a group of U.S. and Europe-based big energy multinationals — with global operations. The company is fully integrated, as it participates in every aspect related to energy from oil production to refining and marketing.

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Shell currently carries a Zack Rank #3 (Hold).

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