This summer Canfor Corp. officially marked the opening of its two new pellet plants collocated at company sawmill sites in Chetwynd and Fort St. John near Vancouver, British Columbia, with a grand opening event at each facility, including a ribbon-cutting ceremony and plant tour attended by local delegates and others. Combined the plants have a capacity of 175,000 metric tons of industrial-grade wood pellets—Chetwynd produces 100,000 metric tons and Fort St. John has the capacity to produce 75,000 metric tons of wood pellets.
Plans for the development of the $58 million project were first announced in September of 2014 when a partnership with wood pellet fuel supplier Pacific Bioenergy Corp. was established to construct and operate the facilities under the joint venture. Now, less than two years later, both plants are online. The Chetwynd plant has been fully operational since December of last year, and the Fort St. John plant reached full operations earlier this year.