Federated Co-operatives Limited has purchased the assets of True North Renewable Fuels, a Calgary energy company that recently announced its intention to build a biofuel refinery in Regina. | Screencap via tnrf.ca

FCL takes on renewable diesel project

A proposal to build a one billion litre renewable diesel plant on the Canadian Prairies suddenly has the legs it needs to cross the finish line, says the visionary behind the project. Federated Co-operatives Ltd. has purchased the assets of True North Renewable Fuels, a Calgary energy company that recently announced its intention to build […] Read more

Parkland operates a refinery in Burnaby, B.C., that co-processes crude, canola oil and animal fat into fuel. | Submitted photo

Fuel company uses canola oil

In 2020, Parkland had revenues of slightly more than $14 billion. In 2019, the Calgary company sold more than 22 billion litres of petroleum products through its retail, wholesale and commercial operations in Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Despite its size and hefty revenues, Parkland is not a household name in Western Canada. […] Read more

Federated Co-operatives Limited has purchased the assets of True North Renewable Fuels, a Calgary energy company that recently announced its intention to build a biofuel refinery in Regina. | Screencap via tnrf.ca

FCL takes on renewable diesel project

A proposal to build a one billion litre renewable diesel plant on the Canadian Prairies suddenly has the legs it needs to cross the finish line, says the visionary behind the project. Federated Co-operatives Limited has purchased the assets of True North Renewable Fuels, a Calgary energy company that recently announced its intention to build […] Read more


Singapore exported 85 million litres of renewable diesel to Canada in 2019, including some made from beef fat it imported from Canada. | Reuters/Lindsey Wasson photo

Beef fat exports reveal biofuel gaps

Industry says it would be better to turn beef fat into renewable biodiesel in Canada rather than ship it to Singapore

The distance from Calgary to Singapore is about 13,170 kilometres, which means a trip from Calgary to Singapore and back to Vancouver would be about 25,000 km. That’s a lengthy journey. However, beef fat from slaughter plants in Alberta is being railed to Vancouver and shipped to Singapore, where it’s converted into renewable diesel. The […] Read more

The proposed plant would have capacity to produce 6,500 barrels daily or between 300 and 325 million litres per year. That would require between 325,000 and 350,000 litres of canola oil feedstock, from about 35 million bushels of canola seed. | Screencap via covenantenergy.ca

Southeastern Saskatchewan biodiesel plant

A group of private investors is planning to build a renewable diesel plant in southeastern Saskatchewan. Josh Gustafson, chief executive officer of Covenant Energy, said this would be the first stand-alone hydrogenation-derived renewable diesel facility in Canada and it could begin production in the second half of 2023. The plant would have capacity to produce […] Read more


The City of Regina has committed $1 million for the front-end engineering and design phase of a project being spearheaded by True North Renewable Fuels Ltd., a Calgary energy company formed in 2018. | Screencap via tnrf.ca

Regina crush

The chair of Economic Development Regina says a proposed renewable diesel facility would likely trigger construction of Western Canada’s first new canola crush plant in six years. True North Renewable Fuels Ltd. is proposing to build a renewable diesel plant in Regina that would produce one billion litres of the biofuel annually by 2025. The […] Read more

The animal fat from Canada is processed at the Neste refinery in Singapore. | Screencap via neste.com

Beef fat exports reveal need for domestic renewable diesel sector

The distance from Calgary to Singapore is about 13,170 kilometres, which means a trip from Calgary to Singapore and back to Vancouver would be about 25,000 km. That’s a lengthy journey. However, beef fat from slaughter plants in Alberta is being railed to Vancouver and shipped to Singapore, where it’s converted into renewable diesel. The […] Read more

The City of Regina has committed $1 million for the front-end engineering and design phase of a project being spearheaded by True North Renewable Fuels Ltd., a Calgary energy company formed in 2018. | Screencap via tnrf.ca

Renewable diesel plant proposed for Regina

Fundraising has begun on what could eventually be a $2.4 billion renewable diesel and canola crushing megaproject in Regina. The City of Regina has committed $1 million for the front-end engineering and design phase of a project being spearheaded by True North Renewable Fuels Ltd., a Calgary energy company formed in 2018. The firm needed […] Read more