IGPC starts up Ontario ethanol plant

By Anna Austin | January 03, 2009
Web exclusive posted Dec. 19, 2008 at 1:21 p.m. CST

Canada-based Integrated Grain Processers Co-op officially opened its 150 MMly (40 MMgy) ethanol plant Dec. 17. According to the company, the Aylmer, Ontario, facility had reached full production capacity after commencing start-up operations in October.

Established in 2002, IGPC is comprised of about 850 members, including grain farmers, grain elevators, community members and local businesses.

IGPC Ethanol Inc., which employs about 40 people full-time, was designed by Kansas-based ICM Inc. and constructed by North American Construction Inc. The facility is expected to annually process 15 million bushels of corn, about six percent of the average annual corn production in Ontario.

The company said it will purchase as much corn locally as possible, but may have to import some corn to meet requirements at certain times of the year when local corn is not available.

The $140 million corn-based ethanol plant will also produce approximately 120,000 tons of distillers dried grains with solubles, and 90,000 tons of marketable carbon dioxide for use in food preparations and other industrial processes.

Corn and plant byproducts are transported to and from the facility via Trillium Railway's St. Thomas and Eastern Railways.

The Canadian Renewable Fuels Association marked the opening of IGPC's plant as a milestone day in the production of renewable fuels in Canada, which now annually produces over one billion liters (approximately 264 million gallons) of ethanol. According to the CRFA, there are 16 commercial ethanol plants in Canada, either operating or under construction.