The Government of Canada will invest up to C$77.75 million (US$74.5 million) over seven years in Terra Grain Fuels’s (TGF) wheat ethanol facility to support the production of ethanol in Saskatchewan, sustain job creation and help stimulate the economy.
The Terra Grain Fuels ethanol plant, near Belle Plaine, Saskatchewan, has a design capacity of approximately 150 million liters (40 million gallons US) of ethanol annually and 163,800 tonnes of dried distillers grains annually. At that capacity, the plant will purchase and consume more than 15 million bushels of locally grown wheat per year. With these volumes the TGF Plant will be the largest wheat ethanol plant in North America.
The investment is part of the Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY for Biofuels program, which will invest up to C$1.5 billion (US$1.4 billion) over nine years. (Earlier post.)
Compared with gasoline, grain-based ethanol can reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by up to 40% on a life-cycle basis, according to natural resources Canada (NRC). For biodiesel, the emissions reduction can be as much as 60%.