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French fry maker to say goodbye to oil

Published by Steve Coleman on August 02, 2011

PEI food processor Cavendish Farms will become the first plant in Canada to switch to a bulk compressed natural gas system to keep the home fries toasting.

IMW Industries announced Aug. 1 that it had signed a deal with the food processor to install a new four-compressor configuration to power two adjacent Cavendish plants in New Annan, PEI.

The fuel will be carried by truck in large cylinders after compression near Port Elgin, New Brunswick and off-loaded at a new PEI gas receiving station. There's currently no natural gas pipeline connecting PEI to the mainland.

Cavendish says it expects the conversion will save it 30 per cent on production costs. Compressed natural gas averages up to $1.50 per gallon less than the diesel the company currently burns to power its processing operations.

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