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May 3, 2004
Suncor studies possible site for planned ethanol plant
SARNIA, ONT-Suncor Energy Products reports that it is considering a site at the southwest corner of Highway 40 and Rokeby Line, in St Clair Township, for the development of its proposed $120-million ethanol plant in the Sarnia-Lambton region. Tom Ryley, Suncor's executive vice-president, said that based on consideration of environmental and social, as well as financial factors, "this location appears well suited for Suncor's proposed ethanol facility." Ryley acknowledged the co-operation of the Council and staff of the Township of St Clair during the project study period. "We want to thank the Sarnia-Lambton community, Mayor Mike Bradley, and St Clair Mayor Joe Dedecker for their assistance in this process," he said. "Suncor has started consultations with the surrounding community, and we will continue with public consultations, preliminary planning and engineering work and the environmental approval process before making a final decision to proceed," said Kirk Bailey, vice-president of the Sarnia refinery. Suncor expects to submit plans for environmental and other required regulatory approvals once community consultations are more advanced. The proposed facility would be capable of producing more than 200 million litres of ethanol per year using primarily regionally-grown corn. It would incorporate state-of-the-art production equipment, along with thermal oxidizer technology to scrub emissions and reduce odours.