NS biomass plant to ship pellets by September
February 26, 2013
By The Chronicle Herald
February 26, 2013, Halifax, NS – According to Viridis Energy, its Scotia Atlantic Biomass plant is expected make its first shipment of wood pellets to Europe by September.
The company’s Chief financial officer Michele Rebiere said the plant should be fully staffed and beginning to ramp up to full wood pellet production for European markets by that time.
“We are ramping up production slower than anticipated due to some delays relating to industry subsidies in the United Kingdom,” Rebiere told The Chronicle Herald in an interview from Toronto.
The exciting long-term market outlook for Nova Scotia wood pellets in European markets more than compensates for the slow start, she said.
When the wood-pellet plant is fully staffed and at full production, there will be 20 to 25 people on the job, many of them former employees of the failed Enligna Canada operation at the same site.
As wood pellets are produced this summer, they will be trucked for storage to the Port of Halifax, with the first 25,000-metric-tonne shipload expected to head to Europe in September.
The Scotia Atlantic Biomass plant has capacity to produce up to 10,000 tonnes per month, so the plan is to send a shipload about every three months.
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