Lumber Giant Canfor Makes Oil From Wood Waste

Canadian logging giant Canfor Pulp has announced its developing the first ever commercial-scale biocrude oil plant. Biocrude is a synthetic fuel under investigation as a substitute for petroleum. Canfor says the biocrude will be nearly indistinguishable from traditional crude oil. “In the next few years we’ll be announcing a project and building a real facility […]

Canadian logging giant Canfor Pulp has announced its developing the first ever commercial-scale biocrude oil plant. Biocrude is a synthetic fuel under investigation as a substitute for petroleum. Canfor says the biocrude will be nearly indistinguishable from traditional crude oil.

“In the next few years we’ll be announcing a project and building a real facility that will produce upwards of 400,000 barrels of oil a year,” said Bret Robinson, president of Canfor Pulp.

The project comes after Canfor announced it was working with an Australian-based startup firm Licella Fibre Fuels, which developed a process that converts biomass into biocrude. Canfor will turn its wood waste from its three British Columbia facilities into biocrude.

“We have the opportunity to create a truly renewable biofuel that can easily integrate with conventional fuels to dramatically lower environmental impacts,” Martin Pudlas, Canfor’s vice-president of operations, said in a statement. “This funding from SDTC provides critical support as we look to operationalize this truly transformative green technology.”

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) will invest $13 million to support the demonstration project, which will cost approximately $39.2 million overall.

From Woodworking Network: http://www.woodworkingnetwork.com/news/canadian-news/lumber-giant-canfor-makes-oil-wood-waste

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