Business Briefs

By Katie Fletcher | March 28, 2017

PFI welcomes 20th qualified producer
The Pellet Fuels Institute Standards Program has welcomed Fiber Energy Products as the 20th qualified pellet fuels manufacturer, with its facility in Seymour, Missouri. Forest Energy Corp.’s Columbia Falls, Oregon, facility also qualified. Both facilities were qualified by accredited auditing agency Timber Products Inspection. As of mid-February, the program had qualified 33 producers.

Emerson awarded contract to help convert Lynemouth to biomass
EPH Lynemouth Power has awarded Emerson a contract to help convert the 44-year-old, coal-fired Lynemouth Power Station to a biomass-fueled power plant. As main automation and electrical contractor, Emerson is responsible for helping the project come online within budget and on schedule. When the conversion is complete in late 2017, the plant, near Newcastle in the U.K., will be fueled by approximately 1.4 million tons of wood waste per year, supplying the national grid with up to 390 MW of electricity.

Appalachian Wood Pellets qualified into PFI Standards Program
The Pellet Fuels Institute has announced the qualification of pellet fuel manufacturer Appalachian Wood Pellets of Kingwood, West Virginia, into the PFI Standards Program. Appalachian Wood Pellets was qualified by accredited auditing agency Timber Products Inspection.

MHG Systems announces e-commerce service
Finnish IT provider MHG Systems and its spin-off company Wuudis Ltd. have introduced e-commerce service service Wuudis. The Wuudis service provides a way to network and ask for deals from contracting companies. It provides forestry operation services to timber and biomass buyers, making forestry management and timber sales easier and more profitable. For contracting companies, the service allows a direct connection with forest owners. Wuudis has just started piloting of the e-commerce service with contracting companies, timber and biomass buyers and forest owners. During the pilot stage, ending next spring, functionality of the service will be tested and developed based on end-user feedback.

Enviva Partners completes Sampson drop-down acquisition
Enviva Partners LP has completed the previously announced acquisition of the Sampson plant and associated offtake contracts from Enviva Holdings LP’s joint venture with affiliates of John Hancock Life Insurance Co. The Sampson acquisition includes a wood pellet production plant in Sampson County, North Carolina; a 10-year, 420,000-metric-ton-per-year (MTPY) offtake contract with an affiliate of DONG Energy Thermal Power A/S; a 15-year, 95,000 MTPY offtake contract with the Hancock JV; and matching third-party shipping contracts. The Sampson plant is expected to produce approximately 500,000 MTPY of wood pellets in 2017, and to reach its full production capacity of approximately 600,000 MTPY in 2019.

PFI qualifies New York, Maine pellet plants
The Pellet Fuels Institute has announced the qualification of two more pellet fuels manufacturers to the PFI Standards Program. Lignetics’ Strong, Maine, facility, which joins four of the company’s other facilities in the program. New York-based Instantheat Wood Pellets also qualified. Both facilities were qualified by accredited auditing agency Conway & Robison LLC.

Bathan AG hires technical service engineer for pellets
The Swiss lubricant manufacturer Bathan AG announced the hiring of Jorg Langenhuysen in January to serve as another technical service engineer for pellets on Bathan’s team, along with Andreas Kasper. Langenhuysen will join the company’s team of service engineers, bringing more than 15 years of experience with pellet mills. As a former CPM service engineer, he has a broad knowledge of the operational nuances of pelletizing and how to improve operational excellence. Bathan AG builds a strong and flexible team that is willing to get the best performance possible for its global customers.

GB Railfreight announces contract with Lynemouth Power
GB Railfreight (GBRf) has announced it has signed a rail haulage contract with Lynemouth Power Ltd., following a tender submission. The new service is expected to commence in the second half of 2017. Weekly, GBRf plans to run up to 27 trains, delivering over 37,000 metric tons of biomass. The trains will run between Port of Tyne and Lynemouth Power Station. The contract comes as part of a 10-year investment project for the power station. GBRf previously demonstrated its reliability along this route, while running coal services to Lynemouth power station when it was owned by RWEST. The last coal train into the station was April 2015.

Pinnacle, NORDEN sign contract for transport of wood pellets
Dampskibsselskabet NORDEN A/S has announced a nine-year contract to transport pellets for Canada-based Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. Under the contract, starting in 2018, NORDEN will transport 3.5 million metric tons of wood pellets from Vancouver and Prince Rupert in western Canada to Europe. According to NORDEN, it will make eight shipments per year for Pinnacle using Supramax vessels. Each trip is expected to take approximately 65 days.

Enviva launches wood supply tracking system
Enviva Holdings LP has publicly released initial data from its groundbreaking Track & Trace program. T&T is a proprietary system that enables Enviva to track every truckload of wood the company procures from the forest back to its source, providing a detailed understanding of the characteristics of the wood the company uses. Enviva is making T&T information available to the public through a set of interactive maps updated periodically on the company’s website. T&T data is presented in two ways—the Forest Trend Map and the Enviva Wood Supply Map. The first T&T public release includes Enviva wood purchases from January through June 2016.