VANCOUVER – Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. has commenced pellet production at its new production facility in Smithers, British Columbia, which is owned 70 per cent by Pinnacle and 30 per cent by West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. through a limited partnership.
“With construction now nearing completion, we are pleased to report successful initial production runs at this new facility,” said Rob McCurdy, CEO of Pinnacle. “We expect commissioning of the facility to be straightforward, due to its simple design and a fibre plan that consists mostly of clean, easily processed sawdust and shavings, supplied primarily by our partner West Fraser.”
The facility is connected by direct rail link to Pinnacle’s nearby Westview Port Terminal. Fibre supply for the facility and customer off-take agreements for its annual production have been secured under long-term contracts. Pinnacle is now gradually ramping up production and expects to reach full run-rate production of 125,000 metric tons per annum in the third quarter of Fiscal 2019.
“When our new Entwistle, Aliceville and Smithers production facilities reach full run-rate production next year, we’ll have added approximately 795,000 metric tons of annual production capacity through growth initiatives we commenced in 2018, representing an increase of more than 50 per cent,” continued McCurdy.
“Looking ahead, we will remain focused on advancing additional growth projects to meet the production demand from our large and growing contract backlog.”
Pinnacle is an industrial wood pellet manufacturer and distributor and the third largest producer in the world. It produces sustainable fuel for renewable electricity generation in the form of industrial wood pellets. Pinnacle operates eight industrial wood pellet production facilities in western Canada and one in Alabama, and owns a port terminal in Prince Rupert, B.C.