Okanagan Pellet Co. begins upgrade

By Erin Voegele | September 25, 2015

Viridis Energy Inc. recently announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Okanagan Pellet Co. Inc. has begun a major upgrade that will be conducted in three phases over one to two years. The upgrades relate to new regulatory requirements for storage and management of wood pellets.

The first phase, which is expected to take 8 to 10 weeks, is underway and will provide for a separation of the two main production lines, pellets and shavings, so they can be operated independently. Phase one will also include improvements in the wood dust management system to ensure continued compliance with the increasingly stringent safety guidelines for the wood industry, implemented in British Columbia.

The second phase includes the addition of new, semipermanent tent structures for the safe storage of wood fiber. The storage systems will substantially increase OPC’s fiber capacity and include the decommissioning of the current storage building, improving production efficiencies.

The third phase of the upgrades will include the addition of a new pellet press and state-of-the-art dryer that will expand the facility’s capacity by approximately 50 percent. Planning for the third phase will begin in the fourth quarter.