Houston Pellet Limited Partnership completes wood pellet production facility
Canadian Forest Products Ltd. (Canfor) and Pinnacle Pellet Inc. (Pinnacle) have announced the successful completion of their wood pellet production facility located adjacent to the Canfor’s sawmill in Houston, BC. The wood pellet plant – one of the largest in the world – is part of a larger project that includes the installation of a new bark-fired energy system at the Houston sawmill.
The combination of the pellet plant and the energy system supports the growing movement from fossil to renewable fuels by providing an economically viable, value-added alternative to the existing burner currently operating at the sawmill. This project has been under development for the past three years by a partnership between Canfor, Pinnacle, and the Moricetown First Nation. Construction was commenced in the second quarter of 2006 with wood pellet production began in the fourth quarter. The energy system will be commissioned in the second quarter of 2007. This timeline will ensure the closure of the existing burner by the regulated phase out date. Cogent Industrial Technologies Ltd. (Cogent) successfully provided the complete industrial control and automation services for the entire project.
Cogent’s proven project execution methodology and technology implementation ensured a turn-key system integration.
“The Cogent project team’s expertise and professionalism was excellent. They engineered a solid solution that was delivered on schedule,” said Leroy Reitsma, Business Development Manager with Canfor. “Our employees picked up on the operation of the plant very quickly thanks to the excellent job that was done by Cogent on the Human Machine Interface,” he added.
Pinnacle has already had Cogent involved in improving the performance at their other plants.
Brock Martin, Pinnacle’s Operations Manager says: “We were so impressed with Cogent’s performance on our new Houston plant that we chose COGENT to execute our Williams Lake plant upgrade project as well.”
There are also plans to further increase production at the Houston facility.
About Canadian Forest Products Ltd.
Canfor is a leading Canadian integrated forest products company based in Vancouver, BC with interests in over 33 facilities. Canfor is the largest producer of SPF lumber in North America while also producing oriented stand board (OSB), plywood, remanufactured lumber products, specialized wood products, softwood kraft pulp, and high-performance kraft paper. The main operating company is Canadian Forest Products Ltd., from which the name Canfor is derived.
About Pinnacle Pellet Inc.
Pinnacle is a privately held company based in Quesnel, BC with a reputation for producing high quality pine wood pellets fuel, wood litter, compressed wood shavings, and MDF wood products. Pinnacle is currently operates production facilities in Williams Lake, Quesnel, and Houston, BC.
About Cogent Industrial Technologies Ltd.
Cogent is a high technology company that engineers and designs plant wide electrical, automation and industrial IT infrastructure with projects ranging from small expansions to complete design of green field plants. Cogent delivers excellence to the forest products, mining and mineral, material handling and oil sand industries.
Cogent is vendor independent and applies industrial automation and information technology solutions to improve equipment and process control performance, enhance operator effectiveness and facilitate real time information sharing.