REGINA — Federated Co-operatives Ltd. has announced a plan for a new complex that will include a renewable diesel facility and a canola-crushing plant.

The projected $2-billion Integrated Agriculture Complex is to be built in north Regina near the company’s Co-op refinery and in partnership with global pulse-processor and supplier AGT Foods.

The province says the project is expected to create more than 2,500 construction jobs and 150 permanent operating jobs.

Once built, the diesel plant is to have a production capacity of 15,000 barrels a day, or about one billion litres annually.

The canola facility is expected to produce 450,000 tonnes of oil.

Premier Scott Moe called the project one of the largest investments in the province.

“This is a big win for the Saskatchewan economy, a win for workers, a win for families … and a significant win for the environment,” Moe said Monday.

“We’re getting cleaner and we’re getting greener.”

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Jan. 17, 2022.

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