Saskatchewan

Cargill's Clavet canola plant crushing it

Cargill, one of the world's largest agriculture companies, has formally opened a new canola plant in Clavet, Sask.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrates new processing facility

A ceremonial ribbon cutting took place at Cargill's new canola processing facility in Clavet, Sask. (Anouk Lebel/CBC)

Cargill, one of the world's largest food and agriculture companies, has formally opened a canola processing plant in Clavet, Sask., a village about 30 kilometres southeast of Saskatoon.

Cargill's new canola facility in Clavet, Sask. (Anouk Lebel/CBC)

According to the company, the plant will have the capacity to refine up to one billion pounds (about 453,000 metric tonnes) of canola annually, making it Cargill's largetst refinery in North America. 

Scott Portnoy, a vice-president with Cargill, added the facility will also be the largest integrated crush and refining facility in the world.

Planning for the refinery began in 2013. In February of this year the first batch of oil was processed, leading up to the grand opening event Thursday.

"Through the past few months we've been testing, we've been optimising and now we're really running," Portnoy said. "Now it's just a matter of more volume through the facility, more customers through the facility and that kind of thing."

Frying oil for McDonald's restaurants

While there are many facilities in Saskatchewan that crush canola, Portnoy said his company's plant has a distinguishing feature.

"We process and crush both generic —  what we call regular — canola and we also process high-oleic canola," he explained. "Our product is 'clear value 65' canola that goes into the McDonald's fry solution."

He said oil from Clavet is shipped throughout the world.

It will take 30 people to run the facility.

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