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World's largest cannabis facility being built in Leduc

'Aurora Sky' facility expected to produce over 100,000 kg of marijuana in a year

The inside of the Aurora Cannabis facility near Calgary.

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The inside of the Aurora Cannabis facility near Calgary.

Aurora Cannabis has announced it has broken ground at its supersized cannabis production facility in Leduc.

Once completed, the 800,000-square-foot “Aurora Sky” facility being built just south of Edmonton will be the equivalent of 16 football fields in size and is expected to produce more than 100,000 kg of cannabis per year.

“We're building, to our knowledge, the world's largest – and certainly the world's most advanced and automated – cannabis production facility,” said Cam Battley, executive vice-president of Aurora. “It is a game changer. There is nothing like it in the world.”

The company announced Wednesday that construction has begun at the hybrid greenhouse facility, situated on 30 acres of leased land in Leduc County.

Aurora currently operates a 55,200-square-foot facility in Mountain View County which is capable of producing around 7,000 kg of cannabis per year.

For its new facility, Aurora selected a Dutch system design and construction of the facility's pre-engineered structure has been underway in the Netherlands since October 2016.

The design will allow “cultivation specialists precision control over all critical environmental variables to ensure production quality,” according to a press release issued by Aurora on Wednesday.

Production is expected to begin at the facility once it's completed in the fall of 2017.

“Nobody's producing cannabis on that scale anywhere in the world right now,” said Battley.

Battley said more details about the facility – including how many jobs the construction phase will create – will be announced in the coming days.

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