Canadian Biomass Magazine

BC pellet terminal gets go-ahead

September 4, 2012
By Prince Rupert Port Authority

September 4, 2012, Prince Rupert, BC – The Prince Rupert Port Authority recently announced it has approved Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s Westview Terminal Redevelopment Project, which will ship up to two million tonnes of wood pellets a year.

According to PRPA, the Pinnacle terminal project represents an estimated capital investment of $42 million in Prince Rupert, 90,000 hours of construction work, up to 24 direct jobs in terminal operations, and a significant increase in the municipal tax base.

The terminal will provide the capacity to export two million tonnes of wood pellets annually, creating a strategic trade gateway for the expanding bio-fuel industry across Northern British Columbia. Pinnacle operates six pellet manufacturing facilities in the communities of Houston, Burns Lake, Meadowbank, Quesnel, Williams Lake and Armstrong, supporting 350 jobs in those operations

"PRPA acknowledges the feedback and concerns expressed by some local residents regarding land use management in the inner harbour adjacent to CN's downtown railyard," said Ken Veldman, Director of Public Affairs for the Prince Rupert Port Authority. "However, we believe we can strike a balance between creating the economic opportunity a growing port represents and enhancing the livability of Prince Rupert through improvements to public access to the waterfront. PRPA is committed to working with the City of Prince Rupert to this end."

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