Pinnacle started to build a new pellet plant in Alberta, Canada

Pinnacle Renewable Energy building Alberta pellet plant

 Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. will now build its first wood pellet plant outside of British Columbia. Parkland County officials announced on May 3 that the company will build a new, $85 million pellet plant near Entwistle in central Alberta. The new facility will bring Pinnacle’s total number of pellet plants to eight, and add 300,000 metric tons to its existing capacity of more than 1.5 million metric tons. Dirt work will start in May 2017 and the plant is expected to be finalised by the end of the year.

The new pellet plant facility in Entwistle that will produce approximately 300,000 metric tonnes of premium pellet fuel from local hardwood and softwood residuals — primarily shavings, bark, harvest residuals and sawdust. The plant would be located approximately 1 km east of downtown Entwistle and will have access to the Canadian National Rail line.

Location of Pinnacle pellets facilities

Location of Pinnacle pellets facilities

All of Pinnacle’s plants, located in Houston, Burns Lake, Meadowbank, Quesnel, Williams Lake, Armstrong and Lavington, B.C., run 24-7, according to the company. Pinnacle also owns and operates the Westview port in Prince Rupert, B.C., the first dedicated wood pellet terminal in the world capable of handling Panamax vessels.

Most of Pinnacle’s output are pellets that are exported to overseas markets, but the company also manufacturers a range of other products, including softwood pellet fuel for home heating, animal bedding and natural sorbent.

The most recent Pinnacle plant to come online was the Lavington plant, built about a year and a half ago, according to CEO Rob McCurdy. He said that as the company expanded throughout B.C., it saw opportunity in Alberta.  McCurdy said dirt and heavy equipment work began at the site on May 1.

Once in production, the plant will create approximately 70 full-time positions in the community of roughly 30,000 people.

@This article is published by 2017-05-11 and has been edited by Lennart Ljungblom. BcB is a leading news site for bioenergy related business, on line since 2014.