A resurgence in OSB demand in the US, prompted by an earlier- and stronger-than-expected housing recovery, will mean stiffer competition for pulpwood, putting pellet manufacturers at a competitive disadvantage. The number of new housing starts in the US has staged…
Although there are no final agreements for wood pellet facilities at North Carolina’s ports, the N.C. State Ports Authority board of directors last week voted to let officials continue working toward contracts with the companies that will build them. Jeff…
A major investment from a California-based company will help make wood pellet production in the Northwest a reality.  Atikokan Renewable Fuels announced that it is selling its facility to a company with the financial resources to carry out the plan.…
Quebec Stevedoring at the Port of Quebec plans to spend $20 million to build storage facilities and equipment designed to handle 75,000 tonnes of wood pellets for Rentech Inc. The commitment is part of a long-term contract which will see…
Graham Construction has won the job to build a major facility for importing wood pellets at the Port of Immingham. The contractor’s team includes Ramboll, which brings experience of designing biomass handling facilities in mainland Europe. Local consultant HBPW Consulting…
Rentech, Inc. (NYSE MKT: RTK) has announced the acquisition of Georgia-based Fulghum Fibres, Inc. (Fulghum Fibres) and the acquisition of two facilities for conversion to the production of wood pellets in Ontario, Canada, along with contracts for the sale and…
Thursday, 02 May 2013 09:32

Authority OKs deal on wood pellets

The N.C. State Ports Authority last week quietly agreed in principle on the frameworks of deals with two private companies to bring wood-pellet storage and exporting facilities to the state-operated ports in Wilmington and Morehead City. The votes, which allow…
Exportation of wood pellets from North America to Europe reached a new record of 3.2 million tons in 2012, with US exporters more than doubling their shipments, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Demand for wood pellets in…
Thursday, 25 April 2013 19:38

Europe’s Renewable Fuel of Choice: Wood

Americans are led to believe that Europe is awash in wind and solar power, but the renewable most consumed is wood, says the Economist. According to the Economist, wood, the fuel of preindustrial societies, represents about half of all renewables…
Exportation of wood pellets from North America to Europe reached a new record of 3.2 million tons in 2012, with US exporters more than doubling their shipments, according to the North American Wood Fiber Review. Demand for wood pellets in…
Jeff Howell solves readers' property nightmares. This week: wood-pellet vs gas boilers Wood pellets or gas? Q: What is your opinion on wood-pellet boilers? I have an old-type central heating system using an Ideal Mexico gas boiler which has served…
Friday, 19 April 2013 10:00

First winter of wood pellets

Boiler expected to create savings of $100,000 yearly at Fort Simpson facility A wood pellet boiler that was commissioned at the Fort Simpson central steam heating plant this winter is expected to create more than $100,000 in yearly savings. The…
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