A biodiesel refinery could be built in Sturgeon County just outside Edmonton if a recent application filed with the province is approved.


The Canadian Bioenergy Corporation wants to build Western Canada’s first large-scale biodiesel refinery that will process canola oil near Edmonton because of the region’s abundance of canola crops and proximity to the tarsands.


Canadian Bioenergy Corporation CEO Doug Hooper told reporters the mass of diesel machinery used in oilsands production could be a good fit for the new facility.


If approved, the plant could make 114 million litres a year of fuel-grade biodiesel from canola, along with 10,000 tonnes of glycerin, but Hooper reports it could take some time before the facility is given the green light by the province.