Groupe Lebel has announced it is building a $40M wood pellet plant in Cacouna, Que., near the company’s headquarters in Rivière-du-Loup.
According to le Soleil, the pellet plant is set to begin operating in 2023, with a maximum capacity of 100,000 tonnes of pellets per year. The plant will use 250,000 tonnes of sawmill residuals, including sawdust, bark and savings, as well as low-grade biologs. The bioenergy will allow the company to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30,470 tonnes of CO2. The pellet plant will also feature a thermal power plant powered by woody biomass, to dry-out the fibre used to produce the pellets.
The new pellet plant will result in the creation of 20 new jobs. For this project, Groupe Lebel has turned to Prodesa for most of the equipment and installation. The Quebec government has granted a $12M loan for the project.
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