A proposed $325-million cogeneration plant near Clavet will produce fuel-grade ethanol, high-protein animal feed and electricity, while providing a market for feed-quality barley and peas.
The Prairie Green Renewable Energy (PGRE) plant has been in the planning stages for about ten years. The project, which would be located in the RM of Blucher adjacent to the eastern boundary of the RM of Corman Park, received conditional zoning approval for heavy industrial from the RM of Blucher last October. Environmental studies for the project were conducted by Clifton Associates.
The PGRE project proponents have an option on a parcel of land near the Cargill canola-crushing plant. The site was chosen because of its proximity to two major railway lines, a major highway, a natural gas pipeline and water pipelines, according to PGRE President and CEO Richard Hopp.
“This project is different from a traditional ethanol plant,” said Hopp in an interview at an open house outlining the proposed project in Clavet on Wednesday, July 26.
“This is a next generation plant where we’re producing three valuable products.
“The main ones are fuel-grade ethanol for the domestic market, high-protein animal feed, and surplus electricity to be sold back to the provincial SaskPower grid.”
The project developers are currently putting the finishing touches on long-term bank financing, and are looking to begin construction of the plant in the spring of 2018. Continue reading “Ethanol, high-protein plant in works for Clavet”