Quebec biodiesel plant receives funding, nears completion

By Ron Kotrba | June 28, 2012

A new biodiesel plant in Thetford Mines, Quebec, owned and operated by Innoltek, has received a $200,000 loan from Canada Economic Development's Business and Regional Growth program for purchase and installation of a distillation system, boiler and reactors, and to finalize layout of the production facility.

Biodiesel Magazine spoke with Brian Gignac, Innoltek sales manager, who said the new distillation system was installed last week and the plant has begun production on a trial basis. Gignac said he expects biodiesel sales from the new facility will begin in about a month.

The plant is scaled at 2 to 3 million liters (528,344 to 792,516 gallons) per year and, according to Gignac, is capable of processing multiple feedstocks.

Innoltek has been working with Oleotek, a research center based in Thetford Mines, on development of this biodiesel project.

The facility will contribute to the development of an industrial oleochemical hub in Thetford Mines and help diversify the local economy.


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