Sarnia-Lambton, Ontario issued BDO Zone ‘A’ Rating for corn stover
The Sarnia-Lambton BDO Zone is ‘A’, or “high quality”, based on reliable generation of biomass, lack of large-scale competition for feedstock, and access to larger supply basins at marginal transportation cost increases.
The Sarnia-Lambton BDO Zone extends 140km drive-distance from Sarnia, and is rated for 190,000 oven-dried metric tons per year of corn stover.
The Sarnia-Lambton BDO Zone has achieved a significant milestone by receiving the first BDO rating for corn stover biomass; it is also the first rating in the province of Ontario.
The 'A' rating highlights the importance of the Sarnia-Lambton BDO Zone and paves the way for future advancements and growth in utilizing corn stover for decarbonisation, farm stability and job creation in the province, the organisations said.
Shauna Carr, economic development officer for the chemistry, energy, and agriculture sectors at the Sarnia-Lambton Economic Partnership, stated: “Sarnia-Lambton is the perfect blend of industry, agriculture, and a willing host community, making it an ideal environment to support the success of bio-manufacturing facilities. The region offers vast open spaces suitable for accommodating large facilities, as well as smaller plug-and-play ready sites, catering to companies at any stage of development.
We prioritise collaborative development efforts, with a proven track record of working together to foster and support the success of new and emerging technologies.”
Meaghan Seagrave, executive director of Bioindustrial Innovation Canada (BIC) stated: “Sarnia-Lambton's rich industrial history, combined with its extensive agricultural assets, positions it as the perfect region for establishing industrial biorefining operations.
"The area's strategic proximity to major centres, along with access to highly skilled talent and research assets, further solidifies its status as Canada's largest hybrid-chemistry cluster."