BC Bioenergy Network

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Pellet/Solid Wood Fuel Producers

The companies and facilities featured on this page produce and/or distribute solid wood from wood residues that result from construction, forestry or processing.  These fuels are in the form of briquettes, chips or pellets.

Operational

Canfor – Chetwynd, Fort St. John and Houston 

Canfor’s facilities in Chetwynd and Fort St. John, BC, were officially opened on July 19, 2016.  Both plants are operated in partnership with Pacific Bioenergy Corporation.  The plant in Chetwynd has an annual capacity of 87,500 tonnes; this facility also includes a 3MW combined heat and power plant, offsetting the facility’s electricity requirements and relieving power on the municipal grid.  The Fort St. John plant has an annual capacity of 87,500 tonnes.

The Canfor pellet facility in Houston – owned and operated in partnership with Pinnacle Pellet Inc. and the Moricetown Indian Band – produces 217,000 tonnes of industrial wood pellets annually.


Cloverdale Fuel 

Cloverdale Fuel has been a leader in the development of wood waste into biomass fuel since its inception in 1945.  Cloverdale Fuel was chosen in 2011 to provide wood fuel for the University of British Columbia’s Bio energy Research and demonstration facility(UBC BRDF) in Vancouver.

Cloverdale Fuel was featured in The Working Forest Newspaper, July 4, 2016.


Fibreco Export Inc.

Fibreco Export Inc. was founded in 1977 as a consortium of over thirty sawmill companies to export surplus BC wood chips to overseas pulp and paper manufacturing markets in Asia. In 1979 Fibreco constructed one of the world’s largest wood chip storage and shipping terminals, serviced by truck, rail and barge transportation.

In 2000 Fibreco was restructured as a private company owned by a group of forest companies which operate in the Interior region of BC.

In 2005 Fibreco started handling biomass wood pellets for the rapidly growing BC biomass industry.  Currently Fibreco loads a large portion of BC’s wood pellets destined for the European and Asian energy markets.


Ledcor Group  

No part of a tree procured by Ledcor is left to waste. This means even twigs and bark are ground or chipped into biomass products, such as wood chips and biofuel/hog fuel.
Ledcor uses company-owned harvesting, grinding and chipping machinery, along with trucks and barges to process and transport biomass products to the end-users.


Pacific BioEnergy

Pacific BioEnergy has been producing wood pellet fuel in Prince George since 1994. To keep pace with growing demand, the original plant was rebuilt and expanded in 2007.

In December 2009, Pacific BioEnergy entered into a strategic partnership with Electrabel/GDF Suez, one of the world’s leading energy providers. This positioned the company to further expand the facility to 350,000 TPA and install leading-edge environmental control equipment.


Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group

Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group has been in operation for over twenty years and is the longest established pellet producer in Western Canada. Located in the heart of the lumber industry in central BC, Pinnacle has access to an excellent and abundant source of raw materials.  Today, the company operates six pellet plants across BC with a production capacity well over 1 million tons annually.


Premium Pellet Ltd. 

Based in Vanderhoof, Premium Pellet Ltd. has a current production capability of 140,000 tonnes of high quality, premium grade wood pellets annually.


 

In Development

General Biofuels Canada

General Biofuels Canada is establishing a 500,000 ton per year wood pellet plant in Northwest British Columbia to supply the needs of utility and industrial customers in Europe, Asia, and North America. Based in Terrace and shipping from Prince Rupert, the plant will be one of the largest in the world, capable of supplying the fuel for over 287 megawatts of power per year.


Gitxsan Bio-Energy Ltd.

In June 2014, Gitxsan Bio-Energy Ltd. announced its intention to construct a bioenergy facility to produce white and torrefied black pellets on First Nations property at Carnaby, close to the Hazeltons, in northwestern BC.  This will be the region’s first bioenergy facility capable of producing 200,000 tonnes of both white and torrefied black pellets for the Korean market from local fibre sources.


Lavington Pellet Limited Partnership

Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. and Tolko Industries Ltd. announced that Lavington Pellet Limited Partnership began construction in January 2015 of a new pellet plant in Lavington, BC, to the north of the existing Tolko Lavington sawmill site.  The Lavington pellet plant will produce pellet fuel from sawdust and shavings from the adjacent sawmill and will draw fiber via truck deliveries from other sawmills in the region.


Mission Wood Pellet Inc.

Mission Wood Pellet is a state-of-the-art pellet mill being built in Mission, BC.  The facility will produce industrial grade wood pellets to replace coal in power generation and provide thermal energy for industrial applications.