Great Lakes Biodiesel has entered the final phase of construction of the biodiesel plant being built in Ontario, Canada.

The plant which will have an annual production capacity of 170 million litres of biodiesel is expected to open in 2012.

Great Lakes Biodiesel CEO Barry Kramble said by fall 2012, the Great Lakes Biodiesel plant will be the largest operating biodiesel plant in Canada.

"The objective of GLB is to provide Canadian oil refiners and obligated parties, that are required to blend biodiesel with diesel under the Federal two per cent mandate with a dependable, high quality, domestically produced ASTM biodiesel."

In December 2011, the proposal for the plant was been approved by the Government of Canada’s ecoENERGY Program.

Grain Farmers of Ontario CEO Barry Senft said the Grain Farmers of Ontario look forward to the Great Lakes Biodiesel plant opening this fall.

"We see great potential for biodiesel in the province through the proven environmental benefits from lower emissions and the opportunities it brings through expanded markets to our 28,000 farmer members," said Senft.

"We would like to see a two percent biodiesel mandate implemented by our provincial government to encourage even further development of this kind in Ontario."