Aurora Cannabis says it has started construction on a production facility in Leduc County that will be the size of 16 football fields when completed.
The 800,000-square-foot greenhouse, known as Aurora Sky, will be the largest of its kind, capable of producing 100,000 kilograms of cannabis annually, the Vancouver-based company said in a statement Wednesday.
Construction is expected to be completed by October 2017, it said. The licensed medical marijuana producer already operates a 55,000-square-foot cannabis production plant near Cremona that could also be expanding.
“Our objectives are very clear: to build the largest production capacity, with the highest production quality and the lowest production cost,” company president Steve Dobler said in a statement. “We spent the past year evaluating and selecting the world’s best design concept for cannabis production on a massive scale.”
Aurora also said it plans to increase production at its Cremona plant after months of talks with Mountain View County. That project, if approved, would include production of seeds and starter plants for the Leduc County greenhouse and expand Aurora’s processing of cannabis oils and other products.