Work has finished on Canada’s first standalone renewable diesel refinery in Prince George, British Columbia.
The US$290m scheme was built by Tidewater Renewables, which makes renewable diesel and green hydrogen. The plant will make diesel from canola, tallow, and tall oil from the pulp industry.
Tidewater said this type of fuel emits up to 90% less greenhouse gas emissions than diesel refined from crude oil.
The plant is expected to produce about 170 million litres of fuel a year. It will also produce renewable hydrogen, which will be used in the production of the low carbon fuel.
The project received financial support from the provincial government through its Low Carbon Fuel Standard agreement.
David Eby, British Columbia’s premier, said in a press statement: “A low-carbon future means high-quality jobs and clean industry for British Columbians, as this investment by Tidewater in clean diesel refining shows.
“By prioritising reducing carbon pollution, we’re opening BC for business and investment, and building healthier communities, while fighting climate change.”