Frequently Asked Questions

1. Who is Husky Energy?

Husky Energy is one of Canada’s largest energy and energy-related companies meeting customers’ energy needs for more than 70 years. For information about Husky Energy visit www.huskyenergy.com.

Through its subsidiary Mohawk Oil, Husky has been a pioneer in the production of ethanol for use in ethanol - blended fuels for close to 30 years. The original ethanol plant was opened in Minnedosa, Manitoba. Today, Husky is Western Canada’s largest manufacturer and marketer of ethanol.

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2. How many ethanol plants does Husky operate and where are they located?

Husky has two ethanol plants in Western Canada; one in Lloydminster, Saskatchewan, and the other in Minnedosa, Manitoba.


3. How many tonnes of feedstock can Husky consume annually?

Each plant has the capacity to consume 350,000 tonnes of grain annually for a total corporate consumption of 700,000 tonnes annually. Husky is Western Canada’s largest consumer of feed-grade wheat.


4. How much ethanol does Husky produce each year?

Each plant has the capacity to produce 130 million litres of ethanol annually for a total corporate production capacity of 260 million litres annually.


5. Is there a relationship between the price Husky sells its ethanol production and the price it pays for feedstock?

No, there is no relationship between the two prices. Both are separate commodities and as such are bought and sold in the competitive market place separate from each other.


6. Are there certain types of wheat Husky prefers over others?

Yes. Husky prefers those types of wheat which have a high starch content. These types are Canada Prairie Spring Red, Canada Prairie Spring White, Red Winter Wheat, Extra Strong Wheat, Soft White Wheat and Durum.


7. Does Husky contract other feedstock such as oats, barley, rye or triticale?

Currently, Husky is not contracting the growing of other feedstock with the exception of corn. The goal is to increase the total acres of Husky-preferred wheat types within each ethanol plant’s growing area.


8. What happens if I contract with Husky and produce an off-grade crop? 

Husky will work with producers who find themselves in this situation and, depending on the reason for the down grading of the crop, there may be no discount charged at all.

As long as the weight remains at a minimum of 58 pounds per bushel and the moisture comes in at 15 percent or lower, Husky will accept delivery with no discounts provided that all other specifications are met. 


9. How is delivery arranged and will I be forced to wait in a long line up?

Husky has a logistics scheduler at each plant who is responsible for the timely delivery of grain into the plant to meet production requirements. Shipments are scheduled to arrive at the plant on an hourly basis by the logistics scheduler to ensure that producers can plan their deliveries around their own schedules.


10. Can I contract my production directly with Husky?

Yes. Husky encourages producers to contract your production directly through Husky’s Grain Marketing department at the ethanol plant nearest to you. For more information click here.


11. What contracting options does Husky currently offer?

Husky offers both spot and deferred pricing options to producers. Husky does not offer futures or basis contracts.


12. How many tonnes of dried distillers grain with solubles (DDGS) does Husky’s ethanol plants produce and what is it used for? 

At full capacity each plant can produce 130,000 tonnes of dried distillers grain with solubles annually. In total Husky’s two plants have the capacity to produce a total of 260,000 tonnes annually.

DDGS produced by Husky is used as an alternative, non-animal based, high protein feed supplement in dairy, hog, poultry and feedlot operations.

 


13. How is DDGS priced?

DDGS produced by Husky is priced competitively against other protein supplements.


14. Can I purchase DDGS directly from Husky?

Currently Husky uses the services of the Wilbur Ellis Company to market dried distillers grain with solubles. For information on purchasing Dried Distillers Grain with Solubles click here.


15. Is Husky licensed and bonded by the Canadian Grain Commission?

Yes. Husky is fully licensed and bonded with the Canadian Grain Commission. As a producer you should always protect yourself by dealing with companies that are licensed and bonded. For a list of licensed and bonded companies visit the Canadian Grain Commission website.


16. How do I get paid and can I have my payment deferred if I want? 

Husky encourages producers to have electronic financial transfer (EFT) arrangements with their financial services provider. With these arrangements in place Husky will pay producers within two business days of delivery to the plants. For producers without EFT in place, payment will be made within 10 business days of delivery.

Husky will defer payment if requested prior to delivery. 


If you have a question that has not been answered contact Husky's grain buyers at the ethanol plant nearest to you.

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