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South Korea announces new wood pellet standard


January 13, 2020
By Ellen Cools


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The South Korean National Institute of Forest Science (NIFoS) announced a new wood pellet standard on Dec. 30, 2019.

According to Argus, the new standard separates industrial and residential wood pellet standards. Industrial pellets are now categorized as I1, I2 and I3 grade, while residential pellets are categorized as A1, A2 or B grade.

The standard also requires a minimum net calorific value (NCV) of 16.5 gigajoules/tonne (GJ/t), Argus reports. The change was made to prevent rice husks from being used as wood pellet feedstock – the NIFoS suspected some Vietnamese pellet producers mixed rice husks into their wood pellet exports to South Korea.

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