Sustainable Development Technology Canada

Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Government of Canada

Government of Canada

July 23, 2009 15:00 ET

Leading Bio-diesel Facility to Open in Foam Lake: SDTC to Contribute up to $7M to Milligan Bio-Tech Led Project

FOAM LAKE, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - July 23, 2009) - Milligan Bio-Tech Inc. reached a major milestone today with the official Grand Opening of its Crushing and Bio-diesel facility, thanks in part to a contribution from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC).

"The Government of Canada is investing in projects that provide opportunities for economic growth and job creation while offering innovative solutions to help protect our environment," said David Anderson, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources and for the Canadian Wheat Board.

SDTC, through its SD Tech Fund™, has committed up to $7M to a project led by Milligan Bio-Tech to support the development and demonstration of their unique decentralized, hub and spoke system for producing bio-diesel and related co-products. The opening of the plant is an important achievement on the way to project completion and to commercialization.

"The project led by Milligan Bio-Tech is a great example of how clean technologies can have positive impacts on both the environment and the economy. It will develop an alternative to fossil fuels while increasing the revenue opportunities for local farmers and creating jobs in the community," said SDTC President and CEO Vicky Sharpe. "Increased production of renewable fuels such as bio-diesel will be key for Canada to position itself at the front of the pack in the cleantech race and successfully transition to the new green economy."

"The contribution by SDTC will allow us to continue with our goal for Made in Canada Technology in the fast growing bio-diesel industry. Our value added model assists producers with marketing opportunities while bringing much needed revitalization to rural communities," said Milligan Bio-Tech Executive Manager Zenneth Faye.

Through its SDTC funded project, Milligan Bio-Tech aims to effectively use low value resources and replace conventional fuels, in this case diesel. By using distressed seeds, the project is creating a sustainable niche market by relying on off-spec, lower cost seed which fails to meet food quality standards. Two of Milligan's partners, the City of Saskatoon and the Saskatchewan Transportation Company, will conduct transportation trials at various blends establishing the effect of Milligan bio-diesel on engine wear and lubricity.

About SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an arm's-length foundation which has received $1.05 billion from the Government of Canada as part of its commitment to create a healthy environment and a high quality of life for all Canadians. SDTC operates two funds aimed at the development and demonstration of innovative technological solutions. The $550 million SD Tech Fund™ supports projects that address climate change, air quality, clean water, and clean soil. The $500 million NextGen Biofuels Fund™ supports the establishment of first-of-kind large demonstration-scale facilities for the production of next-generation renewable fuels. SDTC operates as a not-for-profit corporation and has been working with the public and private sector including industry, academia, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), the financial community and all levels of government to achieve this mandate.

About Milligan Bio-Tech Inc.

Milligan Bio-Tech Inc. is a leading edge, Canadian Bio-diesel Production Company with a strong emphasis on research and co-product development. The company, established in 1996, is based in Foam Lake, Saskatchewan. It was started by a group of innovators in the 1990's with the goal to develop non-food uses for distressed oil seed crops, and plans to continue expansion of its operations across Western Canada. Milligan's Made in Canada products include Bio-diesel that meets and exceeds the US and European quality standards which has been achieved through an exclusive Canadian Bio-diesel processing technology developed in conjunction with Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada and the University of Saskatchewan. Also, co-products including: Diesel Fuel Conditioner (DFC), Penetrating Oil, and Road Dust Suppressant (RDS). All are environmentally friendly and made from non-food grade canola, a renewable resource. As a leader in our field, Milligan Bio-Tech is proud of being the first Canadian Canola Bio-diesel Producer.

Contact Information

  • SDTC
    Patrice Breton
    Director, Communications
    613-234-6313 x295
    media@sdtc.ca
    or
    Milligan Bio-Tech Inc.
    Sheila McLean, Cert. PR
    Marketing and Communications Co-ordinator
    306-272-6284
    smclean@milliganbiotech.com
    or
    Office of the Honourable Lisa Raitt
    Natural Resources Canada
    Jocelyne Turner, Press Secretary
    613-996-2007