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Belle Plaine ethanol plant rebranded as Co-op Ethanol Complex

Facility to continue to operate as normal, name change brings plant in line with Co-op brand
Belle Plaine complex
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) in Belle Plaine will now be known as the Co-Op Ethanol Complex.
The Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) ethanol plant in Belle Plaine has a new name.

The plant was recently re-christened the Co-op Ethanol Complex in order to align the facility with the Co-op brand, with business otherwise continuing as normal.

“Today, we are excited to unveil the new CEC brand and to once again welcome our employees at CEC to the Co-op system,” said Brian Humphreys, FCL’s Vice-President of Energy, on Wednesday morning. “The acquisition of this facility has been an important strategic investment by FCL and fits with our commitment to be a responsible and sustainable producer of the transportation fuels that power the Western Canadian economy.” 

Co-op purchased the plant -- then known as Terra Grain Fuels -- in June of 2019, with the aim of helping their fuelling stations all over Western Canada prepare for the national Clean Fuel Standard.

The ethanol produced at CEC comes from feedstock from Western Canadian farmers and is added as renewable content to gasoline produced at the Co-Op Refinery Complex in Regina. Fuel from the Co-operative Retailing System serves more than 620 communities across Western Canada.

The CEC facility produces up to 150 million litres of ethanol every year from 350,000 tonnes of wheat, corn, rye and triticale. In addition to ethanol, CEC also produces about 130,000 tonnes of dried distillers’ grain every year, which can be used as a high-protein additive into livestock feed.

The facility has 47 full-time team members and contributes $80 million to $110 million per year to the economy. 

For more information on the CEC, visit www.fcl.crs/ethanol.