Torrefaction Plant Gets Green Light In Oregon

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors Officials with the U.S. Endownment for Forestry and Communities have announced construction of a new biomass torrefaction plant in John Day, Ore. The $15 million plant is designed to produce 100,000 tons/year. The Endowment has committed to pay half the cost, with negotiations ongoing to find financing for the other half. […]

From: Wood Bioenergy Editors

Officials with the U.S. Endownment for Forestry and Communities have announced construction of a new biomass torrefaction plant in John Day, Ore. The $15 million plant is designed to produce 100,000 tons/year. The Endowment has committed to pay half the cost, with negotiations ongoing to find financing for the other half. Plans are to build the plant adjacent Malheur Lumber Co. in John Day, with construction to begin this summer. The facility, operating as Restoration Fuels, should start up in early to mid 2019.

Matt Krumenauer, vice president for special projects for the U.S. Endowment for Forestry and Communities, says the Endowment is working to make investments to help create markets for small diameter wood coming from stewardship projects in rural areas. The Oregon project has been in the works three years, initially planned to supply Portland General Electric with torrefied material for co-firing at one of its power plants. Now, plans are to export the torrefied product to growing Asian biomass markets, possibly through the Port of Longview in Washington. Officials with the Malheur National Forest surrounding John Day that’s supplying biomass through much-needed forest health and thinning projects are supportive of the new plant and excited about a new market for such material. Juniper eradication in the region is also an ongoing effort, and the plant could utilize some of that resource in the future.

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