45 MMgy biodiesel plant in Welland, Ontario, nears completion

By Erin Voegele | June 01, 2012

Great Lakes Biodiesel Inc. has entered into the final stage of construction for its 170 million liter (45 million gallon) per year plant, which is located in Welland, Ontario, Canada. Once complete, the plant will be Canada’s largest biodiesel production facility.

According to Great Lakes Biodiesel CEO Barry Kramble, the facility is expected to be operational by early Fall 2012. All of the equipment is already onsite, he said, noting that all major works have either already been completed or are currently underway. Over the next few months the equipment and piping will be installed, and the facility’s loading facility will be completed. Once operational, the plant will use soybean and canola oils as feedstock.

The plant features production equipment manufactured by DesmetBallestra, which is currently used by more than 80 biodiesel plants around the globe. Kramble said the DesmetBallesetra equipment was selected due to its proven track record and strong reputation of being a premium-grade production technology.

According to Kramble, Great Lakes Biodiesel expects to sell its biodiesel into the Canadian marketplace, where it will be used to meet the B2 mandate. “We are actively pursuing that market,” he said. “However, other opportunities may arise for our part of our production, which we’ll evaluate at that time.”

The site for the plant was originally selected three years ago. “It was a process that took time,” Kramble said. “The time allowed for adequate research and a chance to evaluate different factors that are important to making this a successful plant.”

Kramble also noted that the location of the plant is important. The southern Ontario region, he said, is highly serviced by rail, water and road transportation routes. The plant is also located in close proximity to the Eastern Seaboard and strong Ontario and Quebec fuel markets, he said.


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