Suncor Energy Opens Corn to Ethanol Plant in Canada

Suncor Energy Products officially opened its $120 million ethanol-production plant in St. Clair Township, near Sarnia, which is expected to produce 200 million liters per year. Feedstock for the ethanol will come from 20 million bushels of corn per year, sourced primarily from Ontario farmers, and 38 people will be employed.

“Today marks a milestone for our business and for renewable fuels in Ontario,” said Suncor Energy’s Executive Vice President, Tom Ryley. “We’ve been blending up to 10 per cent ethanol in all our Sunoco retail gasolines since 1996, and we are now proud to take an even larger role in ethanol production and in renewable fuels.” The plant was partially funded with $22 million from the Government of Canada’s Ethanol Expansion Program and was also supported through an Ethanol Manufacturers’ Agreement with the Province of Ontario. In recognition of the community’s support for the new facility, the Suncor Energy Foundation presented $50,000 to St. Clair Township Mayor Steve Arnold to expand a multipurpose recreational trail along the St. Clair River. A study by the Pembina Institute estimated that carbon dioxide would be reduced by 300,000 tons per year by using ethanol from the Sarnia plant compared to conventional gasoline.

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