GreenField Ethanol receives big boost
Chatham-Kent’s ethanol plant will be receiving a big boost from the Canadian government.
Dave Van Kesteren, MP for Chatham-Kent-Essex announced on Friday morning (April 17) that GreenField Ethanol’s Chatham plant will receive up to $72.8 million from the Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY for Biofuels program.
“These funds will help GreenField Ethanol in our committed vision to help broaden Canadian’s fuel choices through the use of innovative technologies and disciplined leadership,” said Robert Gallant, president and CEO of GreenField, in a release. “They will also result in an important investment that contributes to greater workplace opportunity for the Chatham community.”
Van Kesteren was joined at today’s announcement by Marty Cormier, Vice President of Bulk Manufacturing, GreenField Ethanol.
The ecoENERGY for Biofuels program supports the production of renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel, encourages the development of a competitive domestic industry for renewable fuels and provides an operating incentive to facilities that produce renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel in Canada.
Compared to gasoline, grain-based ethanol can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 40 per cent on a lifecycle basis. For biodiesel, the emissions reduction can be as much as 60 per cent.
Through the ecoENERGY for Biofuels program, the Government of Canada will invest a total of $1.5 billion over nine years to encourage the development of
a strong, competitive renewable fuels industry in Canada.
GreenField Ethanol Inc. (www.greenfieldethanol.com) is Canada’s leading ethanol producer. The company produces 550 million litres a year of ethanol at its plants in Johnstown, Chatham and Tiverton, Ontario and Varennes, Quebec. Another plant is in development in Hensall, Ontario as well.
GreenField is actively involved in the development of biochemical process technology to produce cellulosic ethanol at its research facilities in Chatham, Ontario.
The company is also working with Enerkem Inc. to build thermochemical cellulosic ethanol plants. GreenField’s ethanol is available at more than 1,300 gas stations