VARENNES, QC, June 20 /CNW/ - GreenField Ethanol, Canada's leading
ethanol producer, today officially opened its Varennes plant - the first
ethanol plant in the province of Quebec.
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Chuck Strahl toured the plant today
with GreenField Ethanol's Chairman Kenneth Field and President and CEO Robert
"Today marks a milestone for GreenField Ethanol," said Gallant. "We are
proud that Quebec's first ethanol plant carries the GreenField name and that
we are the pioneers of renewable fuel in Quebec."
GreenField's Varennes plant will produce 120 million litres of ethanol
each year from 12 million bushels of Quebec-grown corn. GreenField also has
plants operating in Chatham and Tiverton, Ontario, and two more are under
construction in Johnstown and Hensall, Ontario that are scheduled to be
operating in 2008.
GreenField Ethanol will be one of the top producers in North America with
five operating plants, producing more than 700 million litres of ethanol per
year by 2008.
"Today's inauguration is a true success story for the renewable fuels
industry, for farmers and for the environment," said Minister Strahl. The
plant's corn will be purchased through Pro-Ethanol - a group of about 500
Quebec corn farmers who have personally invested in the Varennes plant.
"The introduction of the Varennes plant's 120 million litres to the
gasoline pool will reduce greenhouse gasses by 180,000 tonnes per year - the
equivalent of taking 30,000 cars off the road," said Gallant.
Recently, the federal government committed $2 billion to renewable fuels
in Canada. The Quebec government has also announced a target of 5 percent
renewable fuels content in all gasoline sold in the province by 2012.
Petro-Canada has already purchased all of the ethanol that will be
produced at the Varennes plant for the next 10 years.
"Petro-Canada is proud to be the exclusive purchaser of all ethanol
production from GreenField Ethanol's new Quebec facility in Varennes. This
partnership enables us to provide consumers with gasoline that is blended with
up to 10 percent ethanol which is produced right here in Quebec," announced
Mel Broten, Petro-Canada's General Manager of Integration and Planning, who
was on hand today for the inauguration.
GreenField Ethanol, formerly Commercial Alcohols, is Canada's leading
ethanol producer. The company produces 250 million litres a year of corn-based
fuel ethanol at its plants in Chatham and Tiverton, Ontario and Varennes,
Quebec. Two more plants are under construction in Hensall and Johnstown,
Ontario, and will be operational in 2008. GreenField Ethanol will be one of
the top producers in North America with five operating plants, producing more
than 700 million litres of ethanol per year by 2008. GreenField's Ethanol is
available at more than 1,500 gas stations across Canada.
For more information visit the GreenField Ethanol website at
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