Resoulute to build pellet plant
Resolute Forest Products said it plans to build an industrial wood pellet plant adjacent to its sawmill in Thunder Bay, Ont., while at the same time it was announced that the company has been awarded a contract to supply 45,000 tonnes of pellets a year to the nearby Atikokan Generating Station.
The plant will convert a currently underutilized residual material into a reliable source of renewable energy.
Construction of the plant is expected to begin shortly and is scheduled for completion in 2014. Resolute also announced it has signed a ten-year agreement to supply Ontario Power Generation with 45,000 metric tons of pellets annually.
The plant will be built adjacent to the company’s sawmill in Thunder Bay, Ontario, creating approximately 24 new jobs when fully operational and improving the long-term viability of the sawmill and the approximately 350 jobs that it supports.
“Wood pellets are a clean, renewable energy source, and together with other biofuel opportunities, a natural diversification target for Resolute,” said Resolute president and CEO Richard Garneau. “This project provides the opportunity to enhance the use of our existing asset base to produce biofuel for a strategic, committed consumer and allows [Resolute] to gain valuable manufacturing experience in commercial biomass production.”
Resolute will invest approximately $10 million in the construction of the plant, adding to the investments of approximately $120 million the Company has announced for its Ontario operations since 2011.