Aug. 16, 2017 - China is a bit of a mystery to Canadian wood pellet producers. The Canadian wood pellet industry has traditionally relied on the European power market and more recently has penetrated Japan and South Korea. From time to time we have had casual inquiries from potential Chinese buyers, but nothing serious materialized. We believed that with its large population, its reliance on coal, and its insatiable energy demand, China would eventually see the benefits of using wood pellets to lower GHG emissions and reduce pollution.
Aug. 15, 2017 - FutureMetrics' latest white paper is a high-level overview of the Japanese industrial wood pellet sector and how policies drive current and future demand.
Aug. 10, 2017 - A Nova Scotia forest products company has signed a tentative agreement to purchase the Scotia Atlantic Biomass pellet plant in Musquodoboit, N.S. The plant closed in 2016 and went into receivership.
Aug. 4, 2017 - One of the largest pellet plants in Quebec, Energex, could also be the oldest. Max Béraud, the mill manager, does not even hesitate to call it an antiquity! Created in 1983 by BioShell – in the midst of an oil crisis – the plant located in Lac-Mégantic, Que., in the Eastern Townships benefited from the know-how and oil standards in place to develop its efficiency.
Aug. 3, 2017 – The environment committee of the European Parliament (ENVI) is suggesting amendments to European Commission’s proposal on the use of energy from renewable sources (RED II), removing the option for countries that are not party to the Paris climate agreement to demonstrate sustainability of biomass at the forest holding level.
Aug. 3, 2017 - Tahtsa Group, owner of Corewood Sawmill in Houston, B.C., has signed a supply agreement with Canfor and Pinnacle Renewable Energy that will result in the production of wood products at every stage of the supply chain.
Aug. 1, 2017 - Western Canada’s longest-running wood pellet producer is setting itself up for major growth next year.
July 31, 2017 - The fibre costs for pellet plants in North America have trended downward the past year with the U.S. and Canadian Pellet Feedstock Price Indices reaching their lowest levels in over four years in the 2Q/17. With the feed stock shifting towards lower cost fibre, including industry and forest residues, total wood costs for pellet manufacturers fell during 2016 and early 2017, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. The PFPI price indices for the U.S. and Canada have fallen 16 per cent and 26 per cent, respectively since 2013.
July 24, 2017 - The world's largest wood pellet producer Enviva has released its latest proprietary Track & Trace forestry data, highlighting the company’s ongoing commitment to a sustainable and transparent supply chain. These data are another key tool for measuring and demonstrating Enviva’s sustainability practices throughout the Southeastern United States.
July 24, 2017 - Pacific BioEnergy Corporation (PBEC) has announced that Sumitomo Corporation of Japan has acquired a 48 per cent equity interest in PBEC. Concurrently PBEC has acquired the 34 per cent minority interest in Pacific BioEnergy Limited Partnership (PBLP), the Prince George manufacturing facility, from its European partner giving it 100 per cent ownership of the facility. PBEC through the PBLP facility and affiliated manufacturing facilities in Chetwynd and Ft St John currently markets in excess of 550,000 tonnes per annum of industrial grade pellets to the European and Asian markets. In addition, PBEC in partnership with the Nazko First Nation in Quesnel operates a 200,000 tonne per annum Biomass Preprocessing Facility converting low grade timber into merchantable saw logs, high quality pulp chips, furnish for pellet manufacturing and hog energy fuel.
July 20, 2017 - U.K.-based electrical power generation company Drax is continuing to implement further biomass upgrades by replacing coal with compressed wood pellets.
July 17, 2017 - Enviva, the world’s largest producer of wood pellets, is extending its contracts with the Panama City Port Authority, the Bay Line Railroad, LLC and SSA Gulf, Inc. through 2023. This commitment to the port and the Panama City region supports operations at the company’s Cottondale facility, which has a production capacity of approximately 720,000 metric tonnes a year.
July 14, 2017 - Bonfield, Ont., is the chosen site of a new sawmill proposed by Ontario-based International Wood Industries (IWI), which plans to invest $140 million into the project. The facility will include a mill to process hard and softwood as well as produce value-added products, and a pellet plant for the residuals.
July 7, 2017 - An inventor in N.W.T. has created a wood pellet dispensary system that can be installed in a home to eliminate the need to carry in pellet bags.
July 5, 2017 - The Alberta Forest Products Association (AFPA) is pleased to announce that as of July 1, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. has joined the association. Pinnacle is a manufacturer of wood pellets with seven manufacturing facilities in Alberta and British Columbia and shipping capacity through the Port of Prince Rupert. The company’s new plant at Entwistle, in Parkland County, represents an $85 million investment in Alberta’s economy.
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