Canadian Biomass Magazine

WPAC RFP for Expanding Export Markets Program

July 22, 2016
By Gordon Murray

July 22, 2016 - The Wood Pellet Association of Canada (“WPAC”) is inviting proposals for its Expanding Export Markets Program for the fiscal year April 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017.  Interested parties can download the Request for Proposals (“RFP”) document here.


WPAC is looking for a contractor to:

1. Chair and participate on the ISO committee that is preparing physical and chemical testing standards for wood pellets. The testing standards are vital to ensure that all laboratories perform tests in the same way because the settlement of commercial contracts depends on the test results. Matters are further complicated since a cargo may be traded several times before it reaches its final destination. This project is in its second year. Although the work is vital, progress is slow and painstaking because 24 countries are involved, all with their own opinions. Work will consist of reviewing proposed amendments to standards received from the participating countries. This consists of very detailed work involving harmonization of received amendments and drafting of final text for ratification.

2. Test samples of wood pellets made from multiple species and sourced from multiple Canadian locations to quantify the phytosanitary risk. Prepare scientific report. Determine the microbial source of malodorous smell in pellet export handling facilities and devise mitigating measures to prevent such odours.


Proponents are advised to pay careful attention to the wording used throughout the RFP document. Failure to satisfy any term or condition of the RFP document may result in a rejected proposal. Proponents who meet the mandatory criteria will be evaluated based upon the desired criteria in the RFP document.

WPAC does not represent that any contract will be issued pursuant to this RFP, nor does this RFP obligate WPAC in any way to award a contract to any proponent that tenders a proposal. 

Proposals must be delivered to WPAC by hand, courier, or mail no later than August 10, 2016, 5:00 PM Pacific Time (Proposal Time). Proposals that are emailed or faxed, in whole or part, will not be accepted. 

All enquiries regarding this RFP must be directed to WPAC by email to Gordon Murray, executive director at No verbal enquiries will be accepted.

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