Horse Lake First Nations soon to embark on bio-refinery construction


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By Sam Laskaris, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter,

Officials from a First Nation in northwestern Alberta are thrilled that one of their latest projects is set to become a reality.
A ground-breaking ceremony was held recently on Horse Lake First Nation for a bio-refinery, which will be the first of its kind in Canada.
The First Nation has partnered with BioEnergy Solutions for the project, which will be called the Horse Lake Energy Junction.
Besides having a year-round greenhouse operation, there will also be commercial production of biostimulants (micro-organisms and substances that enhance a plant’s natural growth processes) at the facility. Those will be used for agriculture, horticulture, reclamation and reforestation.
And the diversion of biomass from slash piles will be utilized for heat and power at the facility.
“We expect to be operational by the end of the year,” said Azar Kamran of the bio-refinery. He is the CEO of Horse Lake First Nation.
Besides being a positive environmental project, Kamran said Horse Lake officials were keen to build the facility as it will create jobs. They also anticipate it will...continued

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