Wood Pelletizing Plant

A new wood pelletizing plant with a production capacity of 180,000 TPA, with potential for up to 300,000 TPA.

About This Project

BC Hydro is adding enough clean, renewable electricity to power 70,000 homes annually (more than 750 gigawatt hours) thanks to four new bioenergy projects located in Chetwynd, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James and Merritt. The four clean energy projects will produce electricity using sawmill and manufacturing debris, roadside debris, logging slash, sort yard debris and biomass derived from standing timber.

The projects have been selected under the second phase of the Bioenergy Call for Power, a program designed to facilitate the acquisition of clean, renewable and cost-effective energy. The first phase of the program resulted in the award of four electricity purchase agreements in 2009, totaling close to 600 gigawatt hours of electricity annually. BC Hydro requested proposals for the second phase in the spring of 2010. The four selected projects will require capital spending of more than $300 million and will create approximately 1,500 person years of employment.

The Honourable Steve Thomson, Minister of Forests, stated "These bioenergy projects produce clean, reliable energy and economic opportunities for British Columbians in Merritt, Fraser Lake, Fort St. James and Chetwynd. These four B.C. companies can now efficiently use waste forest products to produce electricity to help meet B.C.'s growing energy needs."

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Project Status

Estimated Project Start Date
Summer 2011

Estimated Completion Date
Commissioning fall 2011

Project Partners


Proponent Contact

Sotirios Korogonas
Manager, Strategic Capital and Energy
Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership

Economic Development Contact

Ellen Calliou
Economic Development Officer


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