New Brunswick to establish first bio-fuel refinery in Atlantic Canada
WATERVILLE, NB-The province of New Brunswick is investing $300,000 to support the establishment of the first plant-based bio-fuel refinery in Atlantic Canada. Eastern Greenway Oils will establish the Bio-Oil Development Centre in Waterville as a pre-commercial pilot facility. The company will be collaborating with the New Brunswick departments of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture and of Environment, as well as Business New Brunswick and Bio-Atlantech the province's lead agency in the development of the life-sciences industry. The refinery will produce bio-diesel fuel additives, industrial oils and other environmentally sustainable products and services. The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture has been evaluating different crops for their suitability for bio-fuel production in New Brunswick for the past several years, and in 2004 it developed strategic partnerships to research about 100 different crop varieties. The project is intended to establish the value-chain parameters for small-scale plant-based bio-fuel production, enabling agricultural producers to play a principal role in renewable-fuel development, and in turn provide for additional economic development opportunities in rural communities of the province. The Bio-Oil Development Centre is set to start production by the end of August. When operating at full capacity the pilot facility can be scaled up to a commercial capacity of about 2.5 million litres per year, requiring about 4,000 hectares of canola and creating six production jobs.