Canfor to Construct Pellet Plants in Chetwynd, Fort St. John, BC

The two new plants will have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets.

Sep 24, 2014 - Canfor said that its plans to construct a pellet plant at each of its Chetwynd and Fort St. John sawmill sites in British Columbia, Canada.

The pellet plants will be constructed and operated in partnership with Pacific Bioenergy Corporation.

The two plants will have a combined annual production capacity of 175,000 tonnes of wood pellets, the sale of which is tied to a long term agreement with a power utility customer, Canfor said.

The total investment of $58 million will include electrical self-generation capacity of 3 megawatts supported through BC Hydro's Power Smart Load Displacement Program, Canfor added.

"These investments enhance our utilization of sawmill residuals and contribute to our company's overall sustainable value proposition," said Canfor Corporation President and CEO Don Kayne.

"BC Hydro is proud to partner in projects that generate renewable energy and reduce overall electricity demand on BC Hydro's system," said Joanna Sofield, Power Smart general manager. "This project will displace 19.1 gigawatt hours of Canfor's electricity consumption per year for 20 years, with a positive impact on all BC Hydro customers. This investment by Canfor is a great fit with Power Smart's Industrial Program."

The pellet plants are scheduled to commence production in the third and fourth quarters of 2015.

Canfor is a leading integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, British Columbia ("BC"). Canfor produces primarily softwood lumber and also produces bleached chemi-thermo mechanical pulp and specialized wood products. Canfor also owns a 50.4% interest in Canfor Pulp Products Inc., which is one of the largest producers of northern bleached softwood kraft pulp in Canada and a leading producer of high performance kraft paper. To learn more please visit: www.canfor.com.

SOURCE: Canfor Corp.