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Association eyes pellet market in Canadian town

In the town of Grand Falls-Windsor, Canada, the wood pellet business looks lucrative and three wood pellet production facilities are currently in operation.

It is for this reason that out of the five proposals submitted to the provincial government for the redundant mill, two were for sawmills and wood pellet production.

Now the Newfoundland and Labrador Lumbers Producers Association (NLLPA) is interested in the region's pellet business.

'We've got tabs on what's happening there in Grand Falls-Windsor,' says the association's manager Gloria Saunders. The NLLPA represents sawmills, in addition to other sectors of the forestry industry, including the wood pellet market.

Today Canada manufactures an estimated 1.4million tonnes of wood pellets. It is a $280 million- (€206.9 million) a-year industry for the nation, which produces approximately 14% of the 10 million-tonne worldwide market.