SELKIRK, Man. — Manitobas only fuel testing centre will be expanded to provide state-of-the-art services to the provinces biodiesel industry.
The Canada-Manitoba Economic Partnership Agreement is providing $351,500 while Natural Resources Canada is contributing $262,500 to Manitoba Hydros Selkirk laboratory to provide a critical service required by the biodiesel industry.
This announcement further confirms our commitment to biofuels in Manitoba, said Jim Rondeau, Minister of Science, Technology Energy and Mines. As a relatively new fuel to the market, it is critical that consumers have confidence that the product they are using meets the highest quality standards.
The facility will ensure that Manitoba biodiesel meets appropriate quality standards before it is distributed to the public. Equipment for the lab has been ordered and the facility should be operational by fall 2007.
We’re very pleased to be adding biodiesel research and testing to the capabilities available from our chemical lab in Selkirk, said Bob Brennan, Manitoba Hydro president and CEO. One of Manitoba Hydro’s principal goals is to be proactive in protecting the environment and the leading utility in promoting sustainable energy supply and service — and we already use biodiesel fuel in many of our own fleet vehicles. Providing testing of biodiesel fuel locally will make a big difference to the development of the industry in the province.”
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