Canadian Manufacturing

FCL secures land for renewable diesel plant

The plant has stated plans to employ up to 150 people and utilize primarily locally grown canola as its main production feedstock.

November 12, 2021  by CM Staff

REGINA— Regina City Council has approved an offer to purchase land north of the Co-op Refinery Complex (CRC). The land would be used to construct a renewable diesel plant. Construction of the new plant is still subject to market conditions and securing necessary government approvals and support. However, the $5.48 million land purchase option is an integral step towards the construction of the plant.

According to Scott Banda, CEO of Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL), the project will play a vital role in the company’s transition to the low carbon economy.

“Renewable diesel will provide our local Co-ops with the ability to sustainably support Western Canada’s fuel needs well into the future, while ensuring our co-operative has another viable solution to meet our regulatory obligations. We thank Mayor Masters and Regina City Council for recognizing the benefits of this project, for the City, for FCL and for Western Canada,” said Banda in a company press release.

According to a company press release, the construction of a renewable diesel plant will create approximately $1.85 billion in economic activity through job creation and construction spinoffs. Once operational, the plant will employ up to 150 people and utilize primarily locally grown canola as its main production feedstock. This will, in turn, provide additional economic opportunities for Regina residents and local agricultural producers.

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“This major project is a tremendous opportunity for both the sustainability and the economic goals of our city,” said Regina Mayor Sandra Masters in a press release. 

“By approving this land option, Council is further signalling that Regina is a place for investment. We are so pleased to have partners like FCL that want to invest locally and that choose to combine their long-term strategic goals with the future prosperity of our city.”

FCL plans to have the renewable diesel facility operating by 2027. Securing this land option allows for the organization to begin formally assessing the project from a feasibility, engineering, and regulatory standpoint. An official decision on the facility’s construction will follow as the assessment phase of the project progresses.

According to a company statement, this land option builds on FCL’s recent announcement that it will invest $500 million in carbon capture and storage at the CRC in Regina and the Co-op Ethanol Complex in Belle Plaine. Both projects will provide additional economic spinoff for the Regina region and help further FCL’s sustainability goals.