Pinnacle Renewable Energy, one of the world’s largest producers of wood pellets, has entered into a three-year fibre supply agreement with Alkali Resource Management (ARM). Under the agreement, ARM will process, store and deliver biomass from harvest residuals to Pinnacle for use at its Williams Lake facility in British Columbia, Canada.
ARM, a forest management company, is owned by the Esk’etemc Nation, whose traditional territory is south of Williams Lake. Pinnacle and the Esk’etemc Nation have been working together to improve fibre utilisation to support economic development within Esk’etemc managed forests.
Gord Chipman, manager of ARM, said: “The agreement will help support not only the forest activities of the Esk’etemc, but also helps support harvesting and hauling contractors engaged by ARM. This is a positive development at a time of ongoing impacts of the sawmill closures and curtailments experienced in the region.”
“We are excited to be working with the Esk’etemc,” added Pinnacle CEO Rob McCurdy, “and pleased that the agreement will contribute to the achievement of sustainable fibre supplies to fill the gap in sawmill residuals we have seen in the province this year. The agreement will enhance forest stewardship practices while generating new economic opportunities for the Esk’etemc Nation.”