Straw-based Ethanol Eyed for Saskatchewan Mill Site
A shuttered pulp mill at Prince Albert, Saskatchewan could be the new site for a facility to make cellulosic ethanol from farmers’ cereal straw. Saskatchewan’s provincial government on Monday inked a letter of intent with Domtar, owner of the pulp mill site, and Iogen, an Ottawa enzyme manufacturer, for the proposed development of an ethanol and bioenergy facility at the P.A. site. The letter, which states itself to be a “non-binding indication of intent” subject to all parties’ formal approvals, calls for Iogen and Domtar to work together on research for “potential redevelopment” of the site.
Iogen, which makes enzymes for the pulp, paper, textile and animal feed industries, has for over a year proposed to build a commercial-scale facility somewhere in Saskatchewan, expanding on its demonstration-scale wheat straw ethanol plant at its Ottawa facility. READ MORE