Sierra Pacific shuts plant

Wood products manufacturer Sierra Pacific Industries has shut down its biomass plant in Loyalton, California, US.

The plant has been losing money for the company since the 1 June 2010 and the permanent closure comes after the facility was shut on 12 September 2009 after Sierra Pacific blamed difficult economic conditions. However it reopened again at the beginning of 2010.

Before its closure the facility had the capacity to generate 20MW of renewable energy a year from 120,000 tonnes of biomass.

Now 15 of its 20 workers have been made redundant, while the remaining five have been kept on as the company looks at the possibility of reopening again in the future.

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