Pinnacle reports fire at Entwistle pellet plant

By Erin Voegele | February 12, 2019

On Feb. 11, Pinnacle Renewable energy Inc. announced it has temporarily suspended operations at its 400,000-metric-ton wood pellet plant in Entwistle, Alberta, following a fire that occurred earlier that day at the facility.

A statement issued by Pinnacle indicates the fire occurred at approximately 2:00 p.m. MST, causing damage to part of the facility. According to the company, one employee went to the hospital and several employees sustained minor injuries as a result of the accident and were treated on site.

Pinnacle said emergency personnel were notified immediately of the fire and were promptly onsite to treat injured employees and extinguish the fire. The company also noted senior management and local authorities were in transit to the site and will commence a formal investigation into the incident. At present, Pinnacle said the cause of the fire is unknown and noted the company’s priority is to look after its employees.

Pinnacle first announced plans to build the Entwistle plant in May 2017. The facility began commercial operations in June 2018. During company’s third quarter 2018 investor call, held in November 2018, Robert McCurdy, CEO of Pinnacle, said the Entwistle plant was continuing to ramp up production. At that time, he said full run rate production was expected to be reached in mid-2019. With a production capacity of 400,000-metric-tons-per-day, the Entwistle facility is currently Pinnacle’s largest pellet plant. The company is scheduled to hold its next quarterly investor call on Feb. 22.