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B.C. firms partner on wood pellet power project

JOC News Service
B.C. firms partner on wood pellet power project

HIGH LEVEL, ALTA. – Pinnacle Renewable Energy and lumber manufacturer Tolko are partnering to power a new pellet plant.

Pinnacle’s $35-million wood pellet plant in High Level, Alta. will be powered by Tolko’s $33 million thermal energy plant already under construction. Construction of the project, called the Northern Pellet Limited Partnership, begins in July and will be completed by the second half of 2020, a Tolko release stated.

“When commissioned, Northern Pellet Limited Partnership will reduce our carbon footprint,” says Thorlakson. “It will also secure and increase full-time permanent employment opportunities in the area, and allow us to use our bark, shavings, and sawdust to produce pellets for growing markets,” Tolko president and CEO Brad Thorlakson said.

We have established a strong working relationship with Tolko through the construction and operation of our jointly-owned Lavington, B.C. production facility, which was completed safely, on-time, and on-budget. Our partnership with Tolko offers Pinnacle the ability to diversify the business further and position the company well to implement our growth strategies.,” Pinnacle Renewable Energy CEO Robert McCurdy added.  

The project has garnered praise from the province and is estimated to create 25 direct full-time jobs to the local community.

“With the job creation tax cut and other bold government initiatives, we want job creators to know that Alberta is Open for Business. On behalf of the Alberta Government, I would like to thank Tolko and Pinnacle for their investment and the dozens of new jobs that they will create for families in Alberta,” Alberta minister of agriculture and forestry Devin Dreshen said.

The plant’s safety features will include the use of blast gates, temperature monitoring, moisture sensing, spark detection, auto sprinkling, deluge, and abort protection and numerous dust management and explosion mitigation strategies will be in place.

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