Pinnacle begins pellet production at new British Columbia plant

By Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. | November 28, 2018

Pinnacle Renewable Holdings Inc. announced Nov. 27 that it has commenced initial pellet production at its new production facility in Smithers, British Columbia, which is owned 70 percent by Pinnacle and 30 percent by West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. through a limited partnership. 

"With construction now nearing completion, we are pleased to report successful initial production runs at this new facility," said Rob McCurdy, CEO of Pinnacle. "We expect commissioning of the Facility to be straightforward, due to its simple design and a fiber plan that consists mostly of clean, easily processed sawdust and shavings, supplied primarily by our partner West Fraser."    

The facility is connected by direct rail link to Pinnacle's nearby Westview Port Terminal. Fiber supply for the Facility and customer off-take agreements for its annual production have been secured under long-term contracts. Pinnacle is now gradually ramping up production at the facility and expects to reach full run-rate production of 125,000 metric tons per annum in the third quarter of fiscal 2019.  

"When our new Entwistle, Aliceville and Smithers production facilities reach full run-rate production next year, we'll have added approximately 795,000 metric tons of annual production capacity through growth initiatives we commenced in 2018, representing an increase of more than 50 per cent," McCurdy continued. "Looking ahead, we will remain focused on advancing additional growth projects to meet the production demand from our large and growing contract backlog."