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Dryer fire damages Skeena BioEnergy pellet plant


May 29, 2019
By Ellen Cools
Ellen Cools

A small fire broke out in the new Skeena BioEnergy pellet plant in Terrace, B.C., on Saturday May 25.

According to The Terrace Standard, the fire started on the belt of the sawmill’s flatbed dryer. Safety monitoring technology detected the fire early in the morning and extinguished it.

While the plant has three fire suppression systems to prevent fires from spreading, one of those systems failed. Consequently, the fire grew larger than it should have before the other two systems detected it. Skeena Sawmills, adjacent to the pellet plant, was not impacted by the incident.

The flatbed dryer sustained approximately $50,000 worth of damage, The Terrace Standard reports. This is expected to delay production at the plant, which is currently in the commissioning phase, for three weeks until necessary parts arrive.

Skeena Sawmills vice-president Roger Keery told The Terrace Standard that the incident was a learning experience for staff.

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