Project Background

Communities Working Together

Société d’Économie mixte de l’est de la Couronne Sud Inc. (SÉMECS) is a public-private corporation established in 2012 under the Quebec Business Corporations Act. SÉMECS includes the consortium of the three public Regional County Municipalities (RCM’s) in the eastern Couronne Sud area of Greater Montreal and private partner Biogaz EG Inc. 

SÉMECS was established to be responsible for treating organic materials recovered in the RCM’s of Marguerite-D’Youville, La Vallée-du-Richelieu and Rouville and will design, build, operate, and maintain a biomethanization facility located in Varennes, Quebec. The three RCM’s, representing 27 municipalities totalling more than 235,000 people, have joined together to achieve the mandated Quebec Provincial government’s waste management policy objectives. The RCM’s will implement new diversion programs to curbside collect household separated organic materials, which represents over 40% of the community organics recovery and diversion opportunity.



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Private Partner Selection

Biogaz EG specializes in the design, construction, and operation of industrial facilities dedicated to the production of renewable energy. In 2011 the company was selected in a formal Request for Proposal (RFP) process to be the private entity partner with the three RCM’s. Biogaz EG is a joint venture between Greenfield Ethanol, the Canadian leader in the field of biomass fuels production and Groupe Valorrr, a leader in Quebec in the conversion of organics using AD.


Core Technology Selection

In January 2014 SÉMECS was awarded a $31 Million grant under the Quebec Biomethanization Program. In the months that followed SÉMECS formed a committee, with representation from each RCM and Biogaz EG., to implement a rigorous procurement process to select the technology solution provider. A formal RFP was issued, multiple bids were submitted and evaluated, and the choice of CCI and the BTA® Process was made in the fall of 2014.


The evaluation deemed the robust technology function and capability, people expertise and skills, 35 year track record, industry leading performance guarantees, and proven performance in North America as the reasons for the decision. In combination, these attributes reduce the Project risk for SÉMECS.


Project Delivery Team

SÉMECS responsibility is to successfully deliver the Project and related diversion programs in the community. The assembled team includes ample experience and skills in the design, construction, financing, operation, and maintenance of organic materials recovery solutions using a public-private partner delivery model.


Biogaz EG will lead the Project delivery team to deliver flexible and expandable process and facility designs built on the robust BTA® Process platform. Expertise extends to the separation, collection, and outputs utilization of the organics recovery supply chain.  


CCI’s Role and Responsibilities

In October 2014 CCI completed the agreement with SÉMECS to be the core AD technology and services supplier for the processing foundation at the facility, the BTA® Process. In conjunction with our strategic partner, BTA International GmbH, the technology supply and services delivery responsibilities include:


     Technology Supply
     Technology Services
  • BTA® Waste Pulper System
  • BTA® Grit Removal System
  • BTA® Anaerobic Digestion System
  • BTA® Process Control System
  • Ancillary Equipment Systems
  • Process & Facility Design Services
  • Project & Construction Management Services
  • Plant Start-Up & Commissioning Services
  • Operations & Maintenance Start-Up Services
  • Performance Guarantees


Formal Project Kick-Off

On June 15, 2015 several SÉMECS representatives formally introduced the Project to the community and the broader general public in Quebec, Canada, and the USA.   


SÉMECS Representatives
Biogaz EG & CCI BioEnergy Representatives

Funding Partners

The Project catalyst is the Province of Quebec’s Ministère du Développement durable, de l’Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques’s (MDDELCC)  environmental policies related to solid waste management and the specific banning of organics from landfill by 2020.


Realizing this objective requires the development of critical infrastructure to achieve success, the Provincial and Federal governments partnered to deliver financial support to municipalities and the private sector. The Biomethanization Program is aimed at reducing greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) by diverting and utilizing organic materials traditionally destined for landfill.