Pinnacle to develop new mill in British Columbia
Pinnacle Renewable Energy has begun development of its seventh pellet mill facility in British Columbia, a proposed $39 million project with a production capacity of 250,000 metric tons per year. When complete, the facility will bring the pellet producer’s total capacity up to 1.5 million metric tons.
The new mill will be built adjacent to the Lavington sawmill operated by Tolko Industries Ltd. The companies recently learned that the Agricultural Land Commission has approved the nonfarm use of agricultural land to allow for construction of the proposed plant on the site. Once operational, the plant would source fiber from around the region. The Tolko sawmill, however, would be the anchor supplier.
“We have strong expectations that the project will proceed,” Reitsma said, “but we have a couple of more hurdles to meet.” There are zoning requirements on the land that must be addressed, plus a couple more steps in the environmental permitting process. Reitsma said he expects to have a better idea by August on when construction on the facility will be able to begin.