BC company to break ground for terrace bio-coal plant



A BC company that wants to construct a biocoal production plant in Terrace has partnered up with a First Nations group to make it a reality.

Vancouver-based Global Biocoal Energy Inc. is working with Coast Tsimshian Resources to construct and operate a 25-tonne-per-hour biocoal production facility on Coast Tsimshian's Porier sort yard at the west end of Keith Ave.

This facility will use a technology known as the Rotawave Targetted Energy system, which takes wood waste and converts it into a coal-like product, to be then shipped to the European energy markets.

The technology, the company says, is based on the advanced simultaneous use of multiple electromagnetic frequencies and a unique phase separation drum. This maximizes heat and mass transfer within the continuous feed system, and the closed system process generates very limited emissions.

In a press release today, Global Biocoal Energy Chairman John Bennett said the company is pleased have reached a significant agreement with Coast Tsimshian Resources, which brings certainty of local management expertise to the project.

'The new facility, on which we plan to begin construction before winter will be located on the Coast Tsimshian Resources Porier Log Yard, and create about 70 new jobs for the Terrace area, while providing an opportunity for adding value to the low value logs and waste in the area that cannot be presently utilized,' he said.

In participating in the announcement, Garry Reece, Chair of the Board of Coast Tsimshian Resources LP stated, 'Our company and management team have worked long to bring this forward with Global Biocoal Energy, and we are extremely pleased to be part of this exciting new project for Terrace and the region.

'Coast Tsimshian Resources takes its responsibility in the area and region very seriously, and wants this project to be as inclusive as possible,'Reece continued. 'As a result, our management team will be working over the next while with a number of the forest tenure holders in the area to plan for mutually beneficial supply agreements.'

Global Biocoal is hoping to use this technology in 30 or more plants in the province within the next three years.

A ground-breaking ceremony will take place in Terrace Sept. 24 at the sort yard, starting a 4 p.m.

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