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Not Your typical Ethanol Plant

  • First multi-feedstock plant to use barley and peas in Canada
  • Nutrient rich HyProtein animal feed co-product 

Not Your Typical Ethanol Plant

PGRE is developing a world scale ethanol and HyProtein animal feed plant just south of Saskatoon Saskatchewan.  The plant will produce 196 million litres of fuel grade ethanol for the domestic market and about 228,000 tonnes of high protein/amino acid animal feed  (Prairie Gold HyProtein Meal) per year. 

 PGRE Project is not your typical ethanol project and its main differentiation is due to the multiple products that are both good for the environment and provide a very attractive return for any investor. 

Canada imports over 1.8 billion litres of ethanol a years primarily from the US.   The PGRE plant will displace ~ 196 million litres per year of imports (valued at ~$105 million/year at current market prices), which monies will go to support local industry.  In addition, the Prairie Gold HyProtein Meal™ animal feed is comparable to high protein US soybean meal, which the local hog and dairy industry currently import for feed rations from the US.

The Project has been in the detailed planning / development stages since 2007 and some of the salient points of the PGRE Project are as follows:

1) Positive global changes towards renewables are occurring and PGRE has made serious progress in capturing these positive changes in the Project;

2) Canada is a net importer of ethanol and currently imports over 1.8 billion litres of ethanol every year from the US.  There is also indications that the federal and provincial blending mandates may increase above the current 5% level to meet Canada's GHG reduction goals, cost effectively; 

3) The location of the Project is in the heart of the barley and pea growing region on the Canadian Prairies with ample long term competitively priced supply and access to all required infrastructure;

4) The land for the plant site and rail loop for 4 - 100 car unit train tracks is under PGRE site control with access to the CPR Main Line and additional future access to the CNR Main Line.  CNR intermodal access for the plant-site is available in Saskatoon via major highway access approximately 12 KM distance.  The site has direct and adjacent plant access from a local highway;

 5) The Project incorporates a proven KATZEN International design and uses barley and peas as feedstock to produce the ethanol.  A very significant part of the Project is the high protein/amino acids by-product stillage, branded Prairie Gold HyProtein Meal™, from the ethanol process.  Unlike typical stillage from corn or wheat ethanol plants, Prairie Gold HyProtein Meal™ closely matches the protein and amino acid profile of US Soybean meal, which is a premium animal feed ration for the swine, dairy and poultry industries worldwide.  PGRE has completed considerable research and commercial testing having produced over 50 metric tonnes of Prairie Gold using the barley / pea feedstock blend at an ethanol plant in the US.  These commercial scale tests verified product yields including the nutrient values of Prairie Gold HyProtein Meal™.  PGRE also undertook feed trial tests at the University of Saskatchewan Hog Swine Institute over a 3-year period; 

6) PGRE is currently in negotiations with SaskPower for a 25 MW cogeneration plant with the surplus power to be sold back to the grid (~12 MW).  The steam required for the ethanol process will be provided by the cogeneration facility ensuring a low carbon footprint for the PGRE Project.

 7) Additional benefits that have been identified include the sale of significant greenhouse gas credits, potential sales of food grade CO2 and the possibility of selling the Greenhouse Gas Reduction credits under the BC Renewable and Low Carbon Fuel Requirements Act;