B.C. government offers support to chip facility supplying to the pulp and paper industry
August 4, 2022 By P&PC Staff
The British Columbia government provided a financial boost to a northern Vancouver Island entity that turns waste wood into wood chips for the pulp and paper industry.
The provincial government provided $149,500 over the past three years to Atli Resources Limited Partnership (Atli Resources LP), which is the forestry arm of the ‘Na̱mg̱is First Nation. The funds helped support the acquisition of a northern Vancouver Island chipping facility: Atli Chip LP, located in Beaver Cove on the territory of the ‘Na̱mg̱is First Nation.
The funds were awarded through FP Innovations, a delivery agent for the Indigenous Forest Bioeconomy Program and the Indigenous Forestry Program.
The company used the funds to complete a business assessment and develop a plan to lay the foundation for the acquisition of Atli Chip Plant. The money also supported a study on improving the use of lower-quality timber from the northern parts of Vancouver Island and an engineering project to design a commercial-scale facility for the extraction of tannins from waste hemlock fibre. Tannins are biochemicals used in leather tanning and other applications. This project opens the door to produce new bioproducts using chips as feedstock.
“The acquisition of Atli Chip Plant is a huge win for Atli Resources LP and the north island as a whole,” said Doug Mosher, CEO of Atli Resources LP and Atli Chip LP. “It will generate revenue to support other initiatives of Atli Resources LP and, ultimately, its owner, the ‘Na̱mg̱is Nation, to increase the utilization of waste wood fibre, provide jobs in the community and create training opportunities to build capacity in forest operations and wood processing on northern Vancouver Island.”
Atli Resources LP is a forest company 100 percent owned by the ‘Na̱mg̱is First Nation. The Nation, through Atli Resources LP, are majority owners of Atli Chip LP with minority stakes from Wahkash Contracting Ltd. and Paper Excellence.
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