$30M Bioenergy Facility Proposed for St. Paul
South St. Paul is poised to welcome a new $30 million bioenergy production facility.
Dubbed “SaniGreen BioEnergy,” the new facility will break down organic matter in order to produce the renewable energy source known as “biogas.” The facility will turn waste products—from local food processing facilities, schools, grocery stores, and area municipalities—into energy.
Plans for the new facility were announced Thursday by Montreal-based Sanimax and Wisconsin-based Green Energy Partners.
Sanimax offers services and products to the agri-food industry—specializing in recycling and renewing organic byproducts—and produces renewable bio-based fuels. Green Energy Partners provides engineering and construction services to environmental projects.
The companies said the facility will provide 150 construction jobs and 20 permanent jobs for the St. Paul area.
“The opportunity for numerous local partnerships that the SaniGreen facility will provide is encouraging,” Dan Ostrenga, director of organic solutions at Sanimax said in a statement. “This is a sustainable business for South Saint Paul that is friendly to the environment and other local businesses.”
The facility’s breakdown process is known as biological reduction and is focused primarily on reclaiming unwanted organic materials and renewing them for other uses in the marketplace. To suppress odors, the entire process takes place in a sealed, negative pressure facility.
In addition to producing natural gas through an organic conversion process, the SaniGreen facility will generate its own electricity and sell an organic fertilizer byproduct to local and regional businesses.
“SaniGreen’s bioenergy facility proposed for South Saint Paul will bring permanent jobs, as well as innovative, environmentally-friendly technology to the BridgePoint Business Park area,” Jennifer Gale, president of the River Heights Chamber of Commerce, said in a statement. “We look forward to working with SaniGreen and learning more about what they can offer our local community.”
The facility is projected to take between 18 and 24 months to build, with plans to begin construction late this fall.