Canadian Biomass Magazine

Nova Scotia mill proposes building biochar plant

January 27, 2021
By Ellen Cools

Robin Wilber, owner of Elsmdale, N.S.-based Elsmdale Lumber, is planning to build a biochar plant on his property.

According to The Chronicle Herald, the biochar plant would use wood fibre from the sawmill, including softwood chips, to produce biochar.

This plant would help reduce the amount of the large amount of wood chips left in the province after the closure of Northern Pulp in January last year.

Wilber told The Chronicle Herald that he believes the biochar plant could help replace the market for wood chips that Northern Pulp had previously provided.


Once Elsmdale Lumber has met all municipal, provincial and federal requirements, it will take 18 months to two years to construct the plant and begin operating.

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