Canadian Biomass Magazine

Virtual Event
WPAC Asian Wood Pellet Conference
February 16, 2021 at 7:00pm ET

11:40am - 12:00pm JST ( 9:40pm - 10:00pm EST)
New Horizons for Biomass: A look at Taiwan and other Asian opportunities

Speaker: Rick Harris, Skeena BioEnergy

Skeena BioEnergy operates one of Western Canada’s newest wood pellet plants.  The plant is unique in that it predominantly uses the tree species Western Hemlock for feedstock.  Western Hemlock grows widely along both the east and west sides of the Coast Mountains as well as in the Interior wet belt west of the Rocky Mountains.  This species is under-utilized and presents a good opportunity for growing trees in British Columbia and . an excellent feedstock for pellets.

In addition, Skeena BioEnergy is one of a few companies that is capable of shipping wood pellets in containers in addition to using bulk ship holds.  Containers may provide flexibility for some unloading ports that do not have the capability of unloading bulk carriers, or those that lack covered storage capacity.

Although Japan and South Korea are the two best-known and fastest growing Asian markets for industrial wood pellets, other Asian countries – notably Taiwan – rely heavily on coal-powered electricity.  Rick’s presentation explores the opportunity to expand pellet exports beyond traditional markets.


Rick Harris

Rick Harris is the Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Skeena Sawmills and Skeena BioEnergy.  Rick has more than thirty years of forestry and bioenergy experience.  Most recently he spent eighteen years at Interfor Corporation where he held leadership roles in North American Markets, Specialty Products, Value-Added Lumber Sector, Offshore Market Development and Supply Chain Optimization.

Rick’s professional and leadership promise is “To always lead with honesty and integrity while building value for the company, customer, and the community”.

Rick holds a B.Comm (Marketing & Economics) from Lincoln University, New Zealand.


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