CGF to break ground on Saskatchewan plant

By Erin Vogele | June 17, 2008
Web exclusive posted July 1, 2008 at 1:37 p.m. CST

Regina, Saskatchewan-based Canadian Green Fuels Inc. made three announcements June 19 on the development of its new McLean, Saskatchewan biodiesel plant. Dynamo Electric and Mechanical has been appointed as project development partner and project lead, P3 Architecture Inc. will provide key advisory services and lead the environmental assessment component of the project, and Greenline Industries LLC will provide the majority of the infrastructure technology for the biodiesel processing systems.

"This project is moving at an incredible pace and it was time to announce the achievement of some of our milestones that are critical to the plant's success," said Michael Shenher, chief executive officer of CGF.

Ground should be broken for the new 50 MMgy biodiesel facility this summer, and it will take approximately ten months to complete construction on the plant which will also produce bio-oil and bio-additives. The facility, which should be fully operational by June 2009, will have the capacity to crush 1,200 metric tons per day of any oil seed, including canola, corn and soybean. The plant will be powered by the energy it generates, and waste products resulting from the crushing process will be sold as byproducts. The facility is expected to produce approximately 50 million gallons of biodiesel annually.

During the next 90 days, CGF and Greenline Industries will review the engineering drawings and enter into a purchase and delivery agreement.

Greenline Industries is a worldwide manufacturer of top rated waterless biodiesel production equipment for the transesterification of biodiesel from seed oils. "This company represents the philosophy of CGF and its intent to minimize the environmental footprint, build a green plant and reduce the requirement of precious resources like water" said Troy Metz, CGF's chief development officer.

"CGF is committed to developing a leading edge "green plant" that will be the model of future energy and fuel development," Metz said. " Its what makes us unique, its what differentiates us from most of our competitors who place an enormous burden on the environment, and its what makes us the business of choice in North America and internationally."

"It is our intention to keep this project on target and on track for operations in 2009 and we are selecting our partners, developers and service and equipment providers on the basis of quality, cost, environmental impact, and timeliness first and foremost," Shenher said. "We hope to provide the community of McLean and the people of Saskatchewan a rendering of the project in the next while that will have every community wanting one of our facilities."
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