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Rentech of California has signed a 15-year agreement with Quebec Stevedoring to help move its made-in-Wawa wood pellets from the Port of Quebec City to a large utility in the United Kingdom. Rentech is currently converting a former Weyerhaeuser OSB mill near Wawa with aims on manufacturing pellets in 2015.
Fledgling wood pellet maker preps for European exportsBudding wood pellet producer Rentech Inc. is counting on a new Quebec City marine terminal to be an important logistical cornerstone of its Wawa operation.By way of a 15-year contract with Quebec Stevedoring, the Los Angeles-based company intends to move pellets through a dedicated storage and vessel loading facility situated at the port. The terminal boasts 80,000 tonnes of capacity for wood pellets.Speaking at the CanBio Conference in Thunder Bay in early September, Steve Robert, Rentech’s ma...


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Pellet, cogen plants could be “driver for change” on First Nation
While Whitesand First Nation’s long-running renewable energy project is still pending final approval from the province, there’s no shortage of suitors according to David Mackett, community development officer for the northwestern Ontario community.“We have received very strong offers for our wood p...
Big Pic Forest receives FSC certification
A Crown forest management corporation has obtained chain of custody certification for the Big Pic Forest in northwestern Ontario.The Nawiinginokiima Forest Management Corporation (NFMC), on the north shore of Lake Superior, announced it secured the FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certification on ...
Northwest sawmill restarts after five-year hiatus
Five years after it was mothballed, EACOM’s sawmill in Ear Falls in northwestern Ontario fired up for production in early August.“Now is the time to start producing some wood,” said general manager Harrison Wicks.The Montreal-based forestry giant has invested more than $5 million to retrofit the pl...
Digital wood maps will be boon to industry
Mat Leitch is applying some mining industry-like analytics to determine the real value of the wood resource base in northwestern Ontario.The Lakehead University associate professor and his woods sciences research team have been using an acoustics machine to bounce sound waves off trees to record th...


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