Ontario plant complete, production to follow

By Luke Geiver | March 16, 2010
Posted March 31, 2010

Construction at Kawartha Ethanol Inc., an ethanol plant near Havelock, Ontario, is reportedly complete. The $47 million facility sits on a former 3M mine site, and when fully operational, will produce nearly 21 MMgy of corn based ethanol. Dean Del Mastro, MP of Peterborough County, spoke about the recently completed plant located in his county. "Today we're celebrating the culmination of several years of efforts to bring this project together, and it was no small effort," Del Mastro said.

The project initially started after Kawartha received $170,000 in 2007 for a business plan and site feasibility study from the government. With the help of a $4.9 million grant from the Ontario government, the plant is now complete. During the construction process the site employed over 150 workers, and once fully operational, the plant will provide between 45 and 50 full-time jobs. The Havelock plant will purchase corn through local farmers and sell the eventual ethanol to MacKewan Petroleum, a fuel distributor in Ontario.

By contributing to the creation of sustainable, renewable energy sources, Del Mastro said the plant helps stress the federal government's commitment to ensuring that renewable fuel plays a much greater role in Canada's environmental agenda. "This is a great day for us here at Kawartha Ethanol," said new president and CEO Darrell Drain. "We have been working hard for a long time to make this dream a reality."