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Pellets News
Jul 29, 2020
Firefighters in British Columbia were called out to Pacific BioEnergy’s wood pellet plant on 27 July. Prince George Fire Rescue (PGFR) was alerted to a possible explosion shortly before 5pm local time, according to the Prince George Citizen. Firefighters arrived to find a small amount of smoke coming from wood smouldering inside a conveyor system at the plant. The... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jul 24, 2020
A grant provided by the Forest Enhancement Society of British Columbia is helping the Terrace Community Forest (TCF) to reduce emissions by utilising wood fibre as bioenergy. The project, which started on 1 June, will support around four (full-time equivalent) jobs through the grinding and trucking of waste wood fibre that would otherwise be burned. The $443,000 (€284,600)... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jul 17, 2020
SIMEC Atlantis Energy has entered into talks with data centre development specialist TechRE regarding the Uskmouth power station development in Wales, UK. The firms are exploring options to locate edge and hyperscale data centres within the power station development. It is proposed that power could be delivered through a private wire network under a long-term power... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jul 16, 2020
Enviva has completed the acquisition from its sponsor of Enviva Pellets Greenwood Holdings which, through its wholly-owned subsidiaries, owns a wood pellet production plant in Greenwood, South Carolina. In connection with the Greenwood acquisition, Enviva’s sponsor has assigned five long-term, take-or-pay off-take contracts with ‘creditworthy’ Japanese counterparties... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jul 14, 2020
Alabama Pellets, a subsidiary of Pinnacle Renewable Energy, has signed an agreement with the State of Alabama to provide incentives for job creation under Alabama’s Job Act incentives programme. Pinnacle holds a 70% interest in Alabama Pellets with The Westervelt Company and Two Rivers Lumber Co, each holding 20% and 10% respectively. The incentives relate specifically... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jul 2, 2020
DB Cargo UK has announced a new five-year ‘hook and haul’ contract to transport biomass supplies to Drax Power Station in North Yorkshire. DB Cargo, one of the UK’s largest rail freight operators, will run an average of 60 trains per week from the ports of Immingham and Hull to the power station near Selby. Each train will carry around 1,650 tonnes of biomass... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jul 1, 2020
The UK could see a “vast reduction” in renewable heat projects over the next 12 months and a potential return to fossil fuels if current government proposals are approved, according to the UK Pellet Council and Biomass Heat Works!. Representatives from the two organisations are urging those supplying to, operating within, or using biomass for domestic or commercial... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 30, 2020
Further successful testing of waste-derived fuel pellets represents a "major milestone" for the Uskmouth Power Station Conversion Project in Newport, Wales. SIMEC Atlantis Energy (Atlantis), a global developer, owner and operator of sustainable energy projects and the firm behind the power station conversion, confirmed the successful trials of its waste-derived fuel... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 24, 2020
Drax Group has partnered with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Engineering (MHI), part of Mitsubishi Heavy Industries Group, on a new bioenergy with carbon capture and storage (BECCS) pilot project at its power station in North Yorkshire. The project, testing MHI’s carbon capture technology, is set to begin in the autumn and marks another step in Drax’s quest to become... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 22, 2020
Enviva has agreed to purchase two US wood pellet facilities in Georgia and South Carolina. Enviva has agreed to acquire Georgia Biomass Holding, which, through its wholly-owned subsidiary, owns a wood pellet production plant in Waycross, Georgia, from innogy SE and one of its subsidiaries for $175 million (€155 million) in cash, subject to customary adjustments. The... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 22, 2020
Aurora Energy Solutions, a new firm owned by Usibelli Investments, has acquired the assets of Superior Pellet Fuels (SPF) and is building a ‘state-of-the-art’ wood kiln in Alaska, US. The kiln will produce clean-burning dry firewood to help the greater Fairbanks area achieve required reductions in PM 2.5 emissions. Joe Usibelli Jr, managing member of Usibelli... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 22, 2020
Pinnacle Renewable Energy's Williams Lake facility has started operations again following months of capital upgrades. Between upgrades at the Williams Lake facility and the work undertaken in Quesnel on Pinnacle’s Meadowbank facility, the firm has invested close to $30 million (€19.7 million) in this region over the past year. Robert McCurdy, CEO of Pinnacle,... [Read More]

Pellets News
Jun 8, 2020
Wood pellet certification scheme ENplus® has certified more than 1,000 companies as of June. Over the last 10 years, ENplus has certified 526 pellet producers, 471 traders and three service providers across 46 countries. The total production of certified pellets is more than 12 million tonnes, accounting for around 77% of the European heating market. ENplus, which... [Read More]

Pellets News
May 29, 2020
On 1 May, Pacific BioEnergy (PacBio) planted its first seedling in the Bobtail fire area west of Prince George, British Columbia. In 2015, the Bobtail area was hit by a major wildfire, which burned an area covering 25,533 hectares. The extent of the fire damage prevented salvage by the traditional forest industry. In 2019, PacBio reached an agreement with one of... [Read More]

Pellets News
May 26, 2020
A new $15 million (€13.6 million) rail link in the US has helped Drax to reduce its supply chain emissions and biomass costs. In its first year of operation, the five-mile rail link has increased the flow of biomass from one of Drax’s US pellet plants to its UK power station, helping to reduce emissions and costs while boosting the resilience of the company’s... [Read More]


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