Two new pellet plants officially unveiled in Fort St. John and Chetwynd

Photo courtesy: Jessica Fedigan

FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Canfor officially celebrated the opening of two pellet plants in Fort St. John and Chetwynd on Tuesday.

The pellet plants, combined, hold 175,000 tonnes of industrial grade wood pellets. The Chetwynd plant produces around 100,000 tonnes, while the Fort St. John plant produces the other 75,000 per year.

It is a joint venture with Pacific Bioenergy Corporation and Sumitomo Power and Energy.

Mark Feldinger, Senior Vice President, Energy, Evrionment, Transportation and Sourcing of Canfor said at the Fort St. John opening, that this creates plenty of opportunity. 

“These plants enable us to demonstrate complete utilization of the renewable resources that we harvest. Trees, manufactured lumber, chips for pulp, and now, pellets for energy. When we annually re-plant more then we harvest, last year about 78-million trees across BC, recycle commences again.”

The two plants cost around $58 million. CEO Don Kayne says they are excited and happy about the two new additions.

“We’re proud to officially celebrate the addition of the Chetwynd and Fort St. John Pellet Plants and Canfor’s further expansion in green energy production. There were many dedicated employees who played important roles in bringing these plants to full operations and I appreciate each person’s contributions to these projects. I look forward to many years of success for both plants.”

The pellet plant in Chetwynd houses the first organic rankine cycle (ORC) for Canfor. The Chetwynd plant is self-sufficient in renewable heat, as well as electricity. It also functions as a 3.5 MW power plant that takes 20% of the heat from the energy system and then converts into electricity.