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Pinnacle investigates cause of dryer explosion at pellet plant


February 26, 2019
By P&PC Staff

February 26, 2019 – Pinnacle Renewable Energy, which operates a wood pellet plant in Entwhistle, Alberta, says it is investigating the cause of a fire and explosion in its dryer area earlier this month.

On February 11, Pinnacle temporarily suspended operations at the Entwhistle facility after the incident, which resulted in 12 worker injuries. 

One contractor remains in hospital, and six employees and five contractors were treated for minor injuries as a result of the accident.

The company released a statement alongside its year-end financial results, saying it and provincial stakeholders are currently investigating the cause of the incident and developing action plans to restart the facility.


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Alberta Labour Occupational Health & Safety released control of the site back to Pinnacle on February 20.

The company says the rest of its facility sustained little damage and production of wood pellets from dry fibre will resume in March 2019. The company is working with its customers to mitigate the impact of the temporary suspension of operations at the facility.