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Canfor enters wood pellet business


September 24, 2014
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Canfor plans to construct a pellet plant at each of the company’s Chetwynd and Fort St. John sawmill sites, in partnership with Pacific Bioenergy Corporation.

Canfor plans to construct a pellet plant at each of the company’s Chetwynd and Fort St. John sawmill sites, in partnership with Pacific Bioenergy Corporation.

The two plants will have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets, the sale of which is tied to a long term agreement with a power utility customer. The total investment of $58 million will include electrical self-generation capacity of 3 megawatts supported through BC Hydro’s Power Smart Load Displacement Program.

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“These investments enhance our utilization of sawmill residuals and contribute to our company’s overall sustainable value proposition,” said Canfor Corporation president and CEO Don Kayne. “We are pleased to continue our strong partnership with BC Hydro on renewable energy, and contribute to the province’s goals of sustainable power generation.”

Joanna Sofield, Power Smart general manager for BC Hydro, noted: “This project will displace 19.1 gigawatt hours of Canfor’s electricity consumption per year for 20 years, with a positive impact on all BC Hydro customers.”

The pellet plants are scheduled to begin production in the third and fourth quarters of 2015.

Canfor is an integrated forest products company with operations in B.C., Alberta, North and South Carolina and Alabama.