Frequently Asked Questions

  • Why is the ethanol facility being proposed in the Port of Oshawa?

    The port makes the most sense both environmentally, and economically. It is the easiest point of access for world markets in Europe, Africa, Asia and South America to export the highly sought after distiller grains, a natural organic by-product of the ethanol process.

    Moving corn and distiller grains by water is efficient and environmentally friendly.

    This location is ideal because it’s close to major transportation routes, and the port. Greater use of the port means less truck traffic.

    Marine traffic through the port keeps 12,000 trucks off our roads each year. (according to the Oshawa Port Users Group)

    Some of the prettiest ports in the world are working ports – such as Dublin, Barcelona, Rotterdam, and Amsterdam for example. Some of the most picturesque waterfronts around the world are mixed use for industry, tourism and leisure. It does not have to be one or the other. Oshawa can benefit from both.

  • Will an ethanol facility in the port affect the public’s enjoyment of the waterfront.

    No. An ethanol facility in Oshawa’s Industrial Portlands in no way limits future possibilities for the waterfront, nor should it affect the public’s enjoyment of the waterfront. Most people won’t even know it’s there. The facility would be built approximately 2 kilometers from the beach, and 1 ½ kilometres from the marina. Other industry, the hill and landscaping will screen much of it from public view.

  • Why should Oshawa Council and Durham Region support an ethanol plant? What’s the benefit?

    The benefits for Oshawa and region are tremendous. The facility will create 650 industry related jobs, and 50 high-paying direct jobs.

    This ethanol facility will also inject more than $60 million into the local economy each year, including $1 million in direct tax revenues annually for the municipality.

  • How does an ethanol plant affect the environment?

    Today’s ethanol plants are as clean and green as the ethanol they produce. Inside, they smell a little like a bakery. The facility will be equipped with a state-of-the-art thermal oxidizer to minimize any potential for odour. Outside, the vast majority of emmission from the facility is steam.

    Ethanol is a biodegradable product. It does not harm the environment.

  • How will an ethanol plant affect the marsh?

    The ethanol plant must meet all requirements under the environmental assessment act. The studies are thorough. The effect that the plant might have on air, water quality, and wildlife will all be carefully considered.

    FarmTech Energy Corporation has hired ICM incorporated. Its technology is used in most ethanol facilities in North America. ICM has an impeccable record and reputation. Its plants are renowned for their safety record and modern state-of-the-art technology.

    FarmTech will work with the Second Marsh group to identify appropriate landscaping and naturalized zones on the site. There will also be a 120 metre required buffer between the marsh and the property.

  • What’s so great about ethanol?

    Ethanol is a greener fuel. It reduces green house gas emissions by 30%. There is no question that it is better for the environment.

    Every major automaker around the world is making engines that use ethanol-blended fuel. For example, General Motors’ green fleet, E85 program, is based on ethanol. For more info go to: here

    Technology has come a long way, and this ethanol facility is one of the most sophisticated in the world.

    The Ontario and federal governments are strong supporters of ethanol. By 2010, the Ontario government has mandated that 10 percent of our gasoline contain ethanol. The emissions reduced would be about the equivalent of removing half a million vehicles from our roads each year.

  • Why is FarmTech Energy inviting farmers and members of the community to join the FarmTech Growers Co-op?

    This is an opportunity for local residents and our farming community to become an important part of a significant environmental industry that will benefit the community, and our economy.

    The plant’s main suppliers will represent more than 1,700 corn growers/farmers from highway 400 east to Belleville. More than 800 members of the local community will own and operate the ethanol facility as a co-op.