New Topic: Lavington Pellet Limited Partnership
PlaceSpeak is happy to announce the recent launch of a new topic near Vernon, B.C.:
Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. (Pinnacle) and Tolko Industries Ltd. (Tolko) are please to announce that Lavington Pellet Limited Partnership (LPLP) will be starting construction of a new pellet plant in Lavington, BC, to the north of the existing Tolko Lavington sawmill site.
The Lavington pellet plant will produce pellet fuel from sawdust and shavings from the adjacent sawmill and will draw fiber via truck deliveries from other sawmills in the region.
This PlaceSpeak site has been created to inform the community of the LPLP building activities during the construction phase. Updates will be posted in the Notice Board.
Coming soon (under the Resource tab) a Q&A on the project and information on noise, light, fugitive dust & traffic impacts and solutions at the LPLP site.
From the Kelowna Daily Courier:
Construction of a pellet plant at Tolko’s Lavington mill will begin later this month, Tolko Industries Ltd. and Pinnacle Renewable Energy announced.
The decision follows a significant consultation and review process, and permit approval from the Ministry of Environment (MoE) and the District of Coldstream.
The plant will employ technology which significantly advances the manner in which pellets are produced in Canada.
Well known in Europe, the drying technology has a low-operating temperature which translates into both a lower emission concentration and minimized fire risk.
This, in combination with the election to proceed with the implementation of bag house filtration on both the pellet plant and Tolko fibre delivery systems, will improve the overall air quality in the Lavington area.
“We want to acknowledge everyone for their work throughout this process. Thanks to the combined efforts of the MoE, the community and our planning team, we’re moving forward with an exciting project that will be good for the community and the environment,” said Brad Thorlakson Tolko CEO.
Leroy Reitsma, president and COO of Pinnacle Renewable Energy, added, “We’re looking forward to becoming a valued member of the local community. As we begin the next phase of this project, we look forward to hiring local service providers and keeping the local community informed about the construction progress.”
At Tolko’s existing Lavington mill, Troy Connolly, general manager, lumber, is getting ready for construction and is positive about the impact the pellet plant will have on the Lavington operation.
“Co-locating the plant here at Lavington will bring a number of benefits. It will allow us to deal with the excess of forest byproduct that has been collecting, on site and at other locations in the Valley, since Domtar Kamloops reduced its operations in 2013.
“It will also help us to create more efficient rail and trucking logistics and improve the level of both emissions and fugitive dust control.”
“This is a good project for the community and the mill, and one that supports the long-term viability of the Lavington sawmill.”
The pellet plant is expected to be operational by September and will bring 30 permanent jobs to the area.
During the next phase, keeping the community informed about progress on the plant and potential impacts during construction will be a priority.
Updates will be available through PlaceSpeak, a location-based community consultation platform, accessible through pinnaclepellet.com and tolko.com, effective Jan. 20.
About Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc.
Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. is a privately owned company with a reputation of being the longest established pellet producer in Western Canada. The company operates six pellet plants across BC with a production capacity of over 1 million tons. Over 90% of the fibre used in Pinnacle’s wood pellet production is sourced from sustainable forest; as certified by Canadian Standards Association (CSA) and Sustainable Forest Initiative (SFI). For additional information, visit www.pinnaclepellet.com.
About Tolko Industries Ltd.
Tolko Industries Ltd. is a private, Canadian-owned forest products company based in Vernon, British Columbia. Founded in 1956, Tolko employs more than 3300 people and is a major producer and marketer of lumber, veneer, plywood, oriented strand board and Kraft papers, with manufacturing operations across western Canada. The company’s woodlands operations have been recognized by third-party certification of its sustainable forest management systems. Tolko is a member of the Forest Products Association of Canada and a signatory to the Canadian Boreal Forest Agreement. For more information, visit www.tolko.com.
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