Canola processing capacity increasing

Canola processing capacity increasing

One canola plant in Saskatchewan is getting an expansion, while three new facilities are being planned for the near future. 

In March, Richardson International Limited made a substantial new investment to double processing capacity at its canola crush plant in Yorkton. The expansion will increase canola crush capacity at the facility to 2.2 million tonnes of canola seed annually. 

In April, Cargill announced a new $350 million canola processing facility in Regina that will be up and running by early 2024. Viterra followed suit by saying they also intend to build a canola crush plant in Regina. With a capacity of 2.5 million metric tonnes, the Viterra plant is predicted to have the largest crush capacity in the world. The project will begin construction in 2022 and be fully operational by late 2024.

On May 24, Ceres Global Ag announced the development of a canola crush facility near Northgate in southeastern Saskatchewan. The plant will have the capacity to crush 1.1 metric tonnes of canola annually, and refine 500,000 metric tones into oil for food and fuel. The new crusher is expected to be in operation by summer 2024.

For some producers, the new plants mean a shorter hauling distance, which helps reduce costs and environmental impacts. Currently, the closest crush plants for south Saskatchewan farmers are in Yorkton and Harrowby, Manitoba. There are also plants in Clavet and Lethbridge.

The world has an appetite for the high-quality canola products supplied by Saskatchewan produces. The expansion of processing capacity will help Saskatchewan meet the goals outlined in the Government of Saskatchewan's Growth Plan, which includes a target to crush 75% Saskatchewan canola in-province.  

SaskCanola, as well as the Canadian Canola Growers Association, works on behalf of growers to ensure on-going market access and new market opportunities. New crushing facilities will assist with meeting the growing worldwide demand for canola oil, meal, and biofuel.

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