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Canada & Ontario govts fund northern biorefinery

Dec. 18, 2009, Thunder Bay, ON – Funding of up to $20 million will help to develop a forest biorefinery in northern Ontario.


December 18, 2009
By Canadian Biomass

Dec. 18, 2009, Thunder Bay, ON – Natural Resources Canada and Ontario Ministry of
Northern Development, Mines, and Forestry have announced funding of up to $20
million under Canada’s Economic Action Plan to develop a forest biorefinery in
northern Ontario. The pilot project will test forest biomass for use in energy
and next-generation forest products. Additionally, an agreement was reached by
all partners to increase the research capacity and knowledge in the region,
which will help Thunder Bay's reputation as a leading centre for bioeconomy
research and innovation.

"The diversification of the forest industry in Ontario, including emerging
innovative biofuel, is key to strengthening Ontario's forest sector now and
into the future," says the Honourable Michael Gravelle, Ontario Minister
of Northern Development, Mines, and Forestry.

The
initial phase of the pilot project involves a feasibility study that will
provide a complete analysis of the biorefinery's functions. These include
evaluating a pre-commercial process to extract wood fibres, identifying market
opportunities, assessing output capacity of the demonstration plant, and
determining full project costs.

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