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Aurora Cannabis Inc. says it will expand the size of a cannabis production facility currently under construction in Medicine Hat, Alberta by 33 percent.

The Edmonton-based cannabis producer said in a release this week it is increasing its high-tech Aurora Sun facility from its original plan of 1.2 million square feet to 1.62 million square feet, as the firm seeks to ramp up production amid growing global demand for medical cannabis.

Aurora said it expects the Medicine Hat facility will produce more than 230,000 kilograms of cannabis per year.

“The increased scale of Aurora Sun reflects our expectations for the long-term growth in global demand, especially the higher margin international medical markets which will be faced with significant supply shortages for the foreseeable future,” said Aurora CEO Terry Booth in a recent press release.

“Sun is also designed with flexibility in mind to enable us to quickly meet changing market demands, particularly as breeding and cultivation technologies evolve and as customer preferences and requirements change.”

The company first announced it acquired land to build the Sun facility in April 2018, and forecasted completion for the second half of 2019.

Aurora said in this week’s release that the operation’s ground work is near completion, its steel structure is being erected and glass at the Sun facility is slated for installation in May.

Source: https://www.bnnbloomberg.ca/aurora-to-expand-cannabis-facility-in-medicine-hat-by-33-1.1242272

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