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Efficient and Plentiful Production

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Wood Pellet Association of Canada members are world leaders in the design and operation of modern pellet plants.

They are also volume producers, as the size and number of wood pellet producers continues to grow across Canada.

As of March 2012, there were 42 active plants in Canada, with 12 more in construction and 10 others on the drawing board (see a PDF map of Canadian plants, including those proposed and under construction). Most of these are directly linked to bulk shipping options that include both rail and specially designed deep-water port facilities on two coasts. They are ready and tuned for the development of export and Canadian bulk pellet markets (see full report on the potential Canadian market for power generation)

The industry has matured, making WPAC members a reliable, seasoned pellet source.

Pellets by Numbers

  • Annual capacity: 3 million tonnes
  • Export volumes: 1.9 million tonnes
  • Ash content - pellets: 0.4-0.5%
  • Ash content – coal: 8.5-10.9%
  • Moisture content: 5-10%
  • Energy value: 18.5-20 GJ/tonne

Trebio Pellet

Trebio in western Quebec, has a production capacity of 130,000 tons.

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Safety

WPAC Safety Committee

The Board of Directors has appointed the Safety Committee to manage the safety objectives of the Wood Pellet Association of Canada ("WPAC"). The Safety Committee works in close cooperation with the BC Forest Safety Council.

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Power Generation

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Sustainable power

The vast majority of Canadian wood pellets are made from sawmill residuals - sawdust. The rest are made from the residuals from harvesting operations for sawmills and pulp mills, or low-grade timber from forest industry harvest sites that has no other economic value. Think firewood. Read more...

Breathing easier - pellet emissions vs coal

Sustainability should be top of mind for any company that wants to stay in the game in today’s world.

As important a role as Greenhouse Gas (GHG) emissions play, we also need to focus on noxious emissions versus coal.

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Industry News

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  • Resolute pulp mill upgrades will reduce fossil-fuel reliance

    May 17, 2018 - Resolute Forest Products Inc. has announced a $52.3 million strategic investment plan for its Saint-Félicien pulp mill, located in the Lac-Saint-Jean region of Quebec. The announcement was made at a press conference on Monday attended by Quebec[…]

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  • New report on biomass supply and demand in Asia to 2030

    May 9, 2018 - Asia’s demand for biomass is growing rapidly. Wood pellet imports into South Korea and Japan have grown exponentially in the past few years. In 2017 South Korea imported 2.4Mt of wood pellets, 20 times more than[…]

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The Pellet Advantage

Efficient and Plentiful Production

Wood Pellet Association of Canada members are world leaders in the design and operation of modern pellet plants.

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Innovating our way to a safer, better product

Wood pellets are a safe, reliable modern fuel. But they are still a fuel, requiring care in producing, shipping and storing.

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Renewable and sustainable? Energy really can grow on trees.

There is no single energy source capable of solving our dependence on fossil fuels. Instead we need to look to a mix of new fuels, including wood pellets.

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Argus Wood Pellet Index

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