Sysgaz wins government contribution for biogas project

By Canada Economic Development | October 04, 2012

Denis Lebel, Minister of Transport, Infrastructure and Communities and Minister of the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec, today announced that the firm Sysgaz Inc. has been granted financial assistance to conduct tests, using new Direct Monitoring and Control technology, on the pumping of biogas from the Dolbeau-Mistassini sanitary landfill site.

"By lending financial support to Sysgaz, the Government of Canada is demonstrating its firm commitment to promoting economic growth centred, in particular, on innovation," said Lebel.

Founded in 2009, Sysgaz Inc. produces biofuel derived from organic residual materials. The firm specializes in the management of biogas energy conversion projects and the supply of integrated biofuel production systems for high energy-consuming companies in Quebec. Sysgaz is the only North American enterprise currently engaged in large-scale pumping tests using DM&C technology, a method that makes it possible to better manage the technical and financial risks of biogas energy conversion projects.

Sysgaz will use this government funding to evaluate the quantity and quality of reclaimable biogas from the Dolbeau-Mistassini landfill that could be converted into biofuel. If the evaluation proves conclusive as to the profitability of the venture, the site could be put into operation in 2013, thus leading to the development of a new renewable energy industry in the Maria-Chapdelaine Regional County Municipality and the potential for diversifying and strengthening the local economy.

This financial assistance has been granted in the form of a $147,690 repayable contribution through Canada Economic Development's Temporary Initiative for the Strengthening of Quebec's Forest Economies.  

The TISQFE was brought into force in June 2010 to help communities affected by the forestry crisis diversify their economies in order to ensure their growth and create and maintain employment. The initiative's goal is also to support secondary and tertiary wood processing projects in these communities.

This measure is one of several put in place by the Government of Canada to counteract the effects of the forest crisis. Others include the Community Adjustment Fund, with its $1-billion budget over two years to mitigate the impact of the crisis, the $1 billion granted to the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program to help enterprises carry out environmentally-friendly projects, and the $238 million invested, in collaboration with the Government of Quebec, for silvicultural work and the maintenance of multi-use forest roads. Workers have also received their fair share of support, with the Government of Canada introducing numerous measures to help them through the global economic crisis.