Belgium buys more beetle wood

A deal to ship an additional 2.4 million tonnes of wood pellets to Belgium over the next 10 years is only the beginning of growth in bioenergy and other clean power development in B.C., Premier Gordon Campbell vowed Monday.

The expansion of pellet exports from B.C. waste wood will finance a $24 million expansion of Pacific BioEnergy Corp. production in Prince George, to be completed this fall. The pellets, mostly from beetle-killed trees in the Prince George region, are being purchased by GDF SUEZ to burn in its European thermal power plants that are being converted from coal.

Campbell and Energy Minister Blair Lekstrom joined industry officials at the Olympic international media centre to unveil the pellet deal and two other investments, to mark Clean Energy Day. They indicated there are more announcements like this to come.