AWP expected to purchase land for proposed plant

By Erin Voegele | September 25, 2015

Four years ago, Aurora Wood Pellets Ltd. began the development of a 200,000-metric-ton pellet plant in the Northwest Territories of Canada. With two Forestry Management Agreements in hand, CEO Brad Mapes said in July that the company is expected to purchase the site’s land soon. He estimates the proposed facility, located near Enterprise in the Northwest Territories of Canada, could be operational by mid-2017.

Mapes attributes the delay in development to how AWP plans to source its feedstock, an increase in the size of the planned property, and the government of the Northwest Territories recently pulling their land department out of their Department of Municipal and Community Affairs. “We want to harvest full logs. We’re not going to take it as a byproduct from the mills, so we’re going to debark our material and use mulching of full wood,” Mapes said, noting the project has encountered issues with regard to working out deals with local aboriginal groups so that it can access wood in their areas. “That is what has consumed the largest percentage of time in trying to move this project forward,” he said.