Husky is Western Canada's largest producer of ethanol and was a pioneer in marketing ethanol-blended fuels. Its first ethanol plant was built in 1981 to produce ethanol for fuel and industrial use. Husky retail outlets market ethanol-blended gasoline as "Mother Nature's Fuel."
Husky's two ethanol plants are located in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan and at Minnedosa, Manitoba. They produce approximately 260 million litres of ethanol per year from more than 700,000 tonnes of non-food quality grain. Husky is one of Western Canada's largest grain buyers.
The plants use efficient, modern technology and apply the principles of reduce, reuse and recycle, including:
Husky markets approximately 260,000 tonnes per year of dried distillers grain with solubles (DDGS), produced with the ethanol, as a high-protein feed supplement for livestock operators.
Ethanol-blended fuels increase engine performance by keeping fuel tanks and systems clean of contaminants and acting as a natural gasoline-line antifreeze in winter.
Environmental protection and energy efficiency are important elements of Husky's ethanol plants. At Lloydminster, the facility is integrated with Husky's heavy oil upgrader and an onsite cogeneration power facility to increase energy efficiency and reduce emissions.
In 2012, Husky began capturing carbon dioxide (CO2) at its Lloydminster Ethanol Plant to reduce emissions and aid in enhanced oil recovery.