Pinnacle Renewable Energy’s B.C. Pellet Plant Gears Up

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson, Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster, District of Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick, and representatives from Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. and Tolko Industries gathered in Lavington, BC to celebrate the grand opening of Lavington Pellet Limited Partnership’s wood pellet production plant. Employing both low […]

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors

Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, Steve Thomson, Vernon-Monashee MLA Eric Foster, District of Coldstream Mayor Jim Garlick, and representatives from Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. and Tolko Industries gathered in Lavington, BC to celebrate the grand opening of Lavington Pellet Limited Partnership’s wood pellet production plant.

Employing both low temperature European belt drying and Cyclofilter technology, the plant, a $47 million investment on the part of Tolko Industries Ltd. and Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., is a showcase for state-of-the-art emissions control technology at a scale not previously seen in the North American wood pellet industry, according to the participants.

Following the ceremony, attendees toured the facility which began commissioning on September 28 and saw its first pellets produced on October 1.

Leroy Reitsma, president and COO of Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., is optimistic for the future of the plant. “When we started this project, we were looking at ways to take pellet production to a new standard of environmental stewardship,” he said. “From what we have seen of the new technology, we are right on target. We are extremely pleased with the work of the project team, suppliers and contractors who delivered this project safely, on-time and on-budget, and are happy to see this facility making a positive contribution to the local economy, the value of sawmill residuals within the region, the local environment and the global effort to address climate change. This facility represents a major forward step in the technology used in wood pellet production and we are very pleased to have been able to partner with Tolko Industries in this shared vision.”

Brad Thorlakson, president and CEO of Tolko Industries, echoed Reitsma’s comments saying: “This is a good project for the community and the Tolko mill in Lavington. In addition to creating new jobs, the pellet plant provides an environmentally compatible outlet for the sawdust and shavings that collect at the site, and other locations in the area. This, combined with our significant investment to upgrade the bag house filtration system at the Lavington mill, will help reduce fugitive dust in the area.”

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