Suncor Energy proceeds with expansion plans

By Erin Voegele | October 06, 2009
Report posted Oct. 9, 2009, at 1:04 p.m. CST

Suncor Energy Inc. announced it is resuming the expansion of its St. Clair Ethanol Plant near Sarnia, Ontario. The project will double the plant's capacity from 200 million liters per year (53 MMgy) to 400 million liters per year (106 MMgy).

Suncor estimates the project will cost approximately $120 million and be completed by late 2010 or early 2011. According to the company, the expansion is also expected to create 250 new jobs during construction and 15 permanent jobs once the facility is compete. In addition, the plant will benefit local farmers by creating a market for 40 million bushels of corn annually.

"This is great news for Suncor, for Southern Ontario and for Canada," said Rick George, Suncor's president and CEO. "As a Canadian industry leader in renewable energy we're excited about the prospect of increasing our alternative fuel production and exploring future opportunities to integrate ethanol into our expanded retail operations."

Suncor initially announced its intention to double capacity at the St. Clair Ethanol Plant in mid-2007 and officially began work on the project in mid-2008. In February 2009, EPM reported the expansion project was on hold. A representative of Suncor could not be reached to further comment on the status of the plant.