The news Ravensdown and Solid Energy are investigating a lignite to fertilizer plant in Southland is fantastic.

It’s very good news for Southland.  Similar projects have started in Australia using coal gasification technology to make fertilizer, and this will do the same.

Creating hundreds of jobs and export opportunities during a downturn is also a bonus.  We knew lignite would make a big difference to Southland, and now it’s going to thanks to the forward thinking of Solid Energy.

Both companies are committing significant resources to the project and to dealing with carbon capture and sequestration.

This will be a cutting-edge project both in terms of technology and environmental considerations.  I look forward to seeing the benefits for our province and the country.