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December 27, 2002

Group to study feasiblity of ethanol plant in Great Sand Hills

Neil Scott
Saskatchewan News Network;
Regina Leader-Post

Thursday, December 26, 2002

REGINA -- Community leaders in the Great Sand Hills area northwest of Swift Current are looking at establishing a $45-million integrated feedlot-ethanol plant to spur economic growth in that area.

That group of more than 50 residents living in communities adjacent to Highway 32 have hired an Edmonton-based firm called Canadian BioEnergy Inc. to conduct a feasibility study into the feedlot-ethanol plant.

They anticipate a minimum of 30 permanent jobs would be created if the plant were to be established.

"The time for action is now," said Greg Grodaes, the chair of the board of the Highway 32 Feeders Association, which arranged for the study.

Grodaes said the push by the provincial government for the development of blended fuels, combined with the federal government's ratification of the Kyoto environmental protocol creates an opportunity for development of ethanol plants.

"An opportunity of this magnitude to solidify the future of our communities will not likely present itself again," Grodaes said, adding that it is important for the communities along Highway 32 to seize that opportunity.

The area along Highway 32 -- including the communities of Cabri, Shackleton, Abbey, Lancer and Hazlet -- has long been known for production of durum wheat, beef cattle, goose hunting, the Great Sand Hills and, more recently, for discoveries of natural gas.

But various developments, including the crisis in agriculture, has put pressure on rural communities.

The provincial government has identified development of the ethanol industry as a way to diversify the economy and to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Construction began in October on a $55-million ethanol plant at Belle Plaine, about 40 kilometres west of Regina.

That plant, which is expected to open in 2004 and create 35 full-time jobs, is being developed by Broe Companies of Denver with the provincial government.



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