Province invests $10 million into Lacombe Biorefinery

The City of Lacombe and Lacombe County welcomed the Government of Alberta’s announcement to invest in the development of the BioRefinex Lacombe Biorefinery. This $10 million investment will help create sustainable jobs, protect the environment, and foster a 21st-century agritech hub in Lacombe and Lacombe County, which will draw in ingenuity and investment for years to come.

“On behalf of the City of Lacombe, I want to thank the Government of Alberta for this investment in our local economy,” said Mayor Grant Creasey. “The trust given to this agribusiness initiative will help our community continue to thrive through these challenging economic times. This development is consistent with Lacombe’s long-standing leadership in farming and agriculture innovation.

“Additionally, I must thank Chris Thrall and the BioRefinex team for their ingenuity and commitment to creating a solution that will address some of the environmental issues facing our world.”

Lacombe and Lacombe County have always been home to Canadian farming and agricultural innovation, and BioRefinex promises to deliver some answers to many of the questions perplexing our world.

“Since the earliest homesteaders arrived in Central Alberta, agriculture has always been the cornerstone of life here,” said Paula Law, Reeve for Lacombe County. “This area of the province – with its convenient location along the QEII corridor – is the perfect place for agribusinesses and agritech to flourish. I’m pleased that the provincial government sees that potential here, as well.”

The BioRefinex project is the latest innovation in a long history of agricultural advances that have been spearheaded by local agri-innovators and farmers – creating economic opportunities and sustainable products for the entire world.

“The Lacombe Biorefinery is a leading-edge example of Alberta innovation in action,” said Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks. “The province is fast becoming a hub for projects that process waste while creating more value for key industries like livestock and farming, and substantially reduce emissions.

“The Biorefinery is one of many projects Alberta’s government is supporting through the industry-funded TIER program that cement our commitment to diversification while creating good jobs when Albertans need them most. The commercialization of technologies like BioRefinex will support further job creation in the province in years to come.”

From left, Steve MacDonald, CEO of Emissions Reduction Alberta, Grant Creasey, Mayor of the City of Lacombe, Ron Orr, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Lacombe-Ponoka, Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks, Chris Thrall, president and CE of, BioRefinex Canada Inc.)

Alberta, Canada and the world will continue to require sustainable agriculture. With initiatives like the Lacombe Biorefinery, Lacombe County and the City of Lacombe can be at the forefront of that movement. Our municipalities look forward to working with private industry and other governmental bodies to continue to foster a positive, forward-thinking agriculture sector in our region that creates economic opportunities for everyone.

BioRefinex plans to develop an advanced scientific and technology knowledge base for processing and generating value from risk carcasses and other animal by-products in Canada. Once in place, the BioRefinex facilities will recycle organic waste material (including cattle, swine and poultry) to produce high-grade organic nitrogen and phosphate-based fertilizers.

The Lacombe Biorefinery is expected to produce enough biogas to generate approximately 10,700 megawatt hours of electricity per year and some of the heat needed for the biorefinery’s operations.

By diverting some organic materials away from landfills and using biogas produced at the facility, the Lacombe Biorefinery is expected to reduce biogas emissions in an amount equivalent to over 40,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year. That would be roughly the same as removing 10,000 cars from the roads per year, a significant positive outcome for the environment.