New pellet plant to use beetle wood and create jobs

A new plant near Burns Lake will produce pellets from mountain pine beetle-killed wood and help boost the local economy, Forests and Range Minister Pat Bell and Pinnacle Pellet chief operating officer Leroy Reitsma announced today.

“I’d like to congratulate Pinnacle Pellet on their sixth wood pellet plant and their significant contribution to the B.C. economy,” said Bell. “One of my key focuses is to improve utilization, and not only will this new plant help do that by using leftover low-grade timber and wood waste for bioenergy purposes, it will also create jobs for British Columbians.”

Wood pellets are a carbon-neutral alternative to fossil fuels such as coal, and will be made from mountain pine beetle-attacked timber. The estimated 400,000 tonnes per year of wood pellets to be produced at the Burns Lake facility will be exported to European and Asian markets.