Wood Pellets play a key role in supplying the biomass component to meeting the growing demand for renewable energy and reducing greenhouse gasses. Wood pellets are produced by compacting sawmill waste, timber residuals and/or soft forest products. The pellets are extremely dense and can be produced with a low humidity content (below 10%) that allows them to be burned with very high combustion efficiency. Furthermore, their regular geometry and small size allow automatic feeding with very fine calibration. One ton of wood pellets produces the same energy as roughly 3 barrels of crude oil, and is greenhouse gas and carbon neutral. Wood pellets are increasingly seen as an efficient, GHG-neutral replacement for coal in utility boilers and as the fuel of choice for Combined Heat and Power plants and residential heating applications.
General Biofuels Canada (GBC) produces wood pellets from fibre sourced from British Columbia’s northern hemlock forests. We are committed to long term relationships with the local First Nation groups to provide fibre supply and ensure the sustainable management of forests. Our focus is on leveraging underutilized non-lumber-grade fibre to produce wood pellets to meet international demand in Europe, Asia, and North America. We look to utilize pulp logs and not currently utilized forest biomass, while ensuring that our production is complementary to saw log production.
- Origin: Northern Hemlock
- Size: 6-8 mm in diameter x 18 mm in length
- Target moisture content: 6%
- Energy content: 17.5 GJ/tonne
- Ash content: <1.5-2%
The GBC plant facility is located in Terrace, British Columbia, a hybrid coastal-interior rainforest on the Skeena River. The GBC plant facility will be built using state-of-the-art processing technology. Initial capacity will be 240,000 metric tonnes per year of output, growing to 500,000 metric tonnes per year to meet increasing demand. At this capacity, we could support generation of 287 MW of electricity per year. Terrace has a direct rail connection to the warm water port at Prince Rupert, just 150 kilometres away, where we will ship our pellets to the European and Asian markets.
One of our core beliefs is that strong communities produce strong opportunities to grow. As a result, we are working closely with local communities and business groups, municipal city and provincial governments, and First Nations to ensure mutually-beneficial long-term agreements that create sustainable, ongoing economic growth in the region.