Husky opens wheat-based ethanol plant in western Canada

By Dave Nilles | October 02, 2006
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The largest ethanol plant in western Canada is now in operation. Husky Energy's 130 million-liter-per-year (34 MMgy) wheat-to-ethanol plant in Saskatchewan is producing ethanol.

The ceremonial grand opening was held the final week of September in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. The plant is in the midst of start-up and producing ethanol, according to Graham White, Husky's senior communications advisor. Full operation is expected later this month.

The grand opening was attended by Saskatchewan Premier Lorne Calvert. The Lloydminster plant is expected to help the province reach its goal of having 7.5 percent ethanol-blended gasoline. "This project is a world-class example of the growing value of biofuels and the important role cleaner burning fuels such as ethanol can play," Calvert said. "Husky has shown confidence in the Saskatchewan economy with its major investment in this plant and leadership in making these fuels increasingly available to the public. We are proud to have created a climate in our province in which ethanol development and such investments occur."

Husky's plant will use 13 million bushels of wheat annually as feedstock, although it is capable of using corn, according to White.

Graham Industrial Services acted as general contractor on the two-year project. Groundbreaking occurred in October 2004. Katzen International Inc. provided process technology for the project.

Wilbur-Ellis will market the plant's distillers grains, which is expected to reach 134,000 metric tons annually. Husky Energy will market its own ethanol.

Husky Energy is also building a wheat-based 130 MMly (34 MMgy) ethanol plant in Minnedosa, Manitoba. The plant is expected to begin production in mid-2007. PCL Construction is building that facility using Katzen's process technology.

Husky Energy
Location: Lloydminster, Saskatchewan
General contractor: Graham Industrial Services
Process technology: Katzen International Inc.
Capacity: 130 MMly (34 MMgy)
Feedstock: wheat
Ethanol marketer: Husky Energy
Distillers grains marketer: Wilbur-Ellis
Carbon dioxide marketer: N/A
Broke ground: October 2004
Start-up date: October 2006

Dave Nilles is Online Editor for Ethanol Producer Magazine. Reach him at dnilles@bbibiofuels.com or (701) 373-0636.

Posted: 3:37 p.m. CDT Wednesday, October 4, 2006