PEI

Cornwall to get small bio-fuel plant

A Nova Scotia bio-fuel research company is setting up a small demonstration plant in Cornwall, P.E.I.

A Nova Scotia bio-fuel research company is setting up a small demonstration plant in Cornwall, P.E.I.

Atlantec BioEnergy Corporation develops factories to process sugar beets for use as biofuels.

The provincial government is providing $1.8 million for the project with ACOA contributing $340,000. The company has already harvested a crop of sugar beets on P.E.I.

The beets will be processed into ethanol fuel at the new plant and eventually sold at Island gas stations.

"Our new facility here in Cornwall will be a demonstration plant that will be the showcase of our technology that we can show people from around the world," said Paul Wheaton, president of the corporation.

"They can come here and physically see us operating and know exactly how this process works."

The plant is set to open mid-January.