Russia-based forest industry major Segezha Group, part of the joint-stock financial corporation Sistema JSFC, has begun site preparation works for a 100 000 tonne per annum wood pellet plant located on the site of Lesosibirsky LDK No.1 JSC in Lesosibirsk, Krasnoyarsk Region, Russia. Scheduled to begin operations in November 2018, the new pellet plant will enable the use of sawmill residuals for energy and biomass fuel production instead of disposal.
The new pellet production plant project ‘Development of a full-cycle woodworking complex in the town of Lesosibirsk’, was included into the list of priority areas for forest development by the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation (Order No. 2870 dd. September 22, 2015). Its implementation began in 2015 when investment sources were identified, technical documentation was developed, and the Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 JSC industrial site was chosen.
Operated by Ksilotek-Siberia LLC, an affiliate of Segezha Group, Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 is the largest woodworking plant in the Krasnoyarsk Region. According to Segezha Group, the first stage of the pellet plant construction consisting of earthwork operations and stripping on the 2 ha site has already come underway.
As previously announced, SORB LLC, a Russian representative of Estonia-based wood processing technology provider AS Hekotek has been contracted to supply the wood pelleting plant with equipment deliveries scheduled to begin later in May. The 100 000 tonne-per-annum capacity plant is expected to begin operations in November 2018.
In April 2018, during a working trip to Lesosibirsk, Segezha Group President Mikhail Shamolin acquainted himself with the production site of Ksilotek-Siberia LLC. According to Shamolin, the Group is interested in developing integrated solutions and utilizing residuals with the production of biomass fuels being “one of the most important areas of the Group’s policy in the field of ecology and environmental protection.”
In addition, Segezha Group is “systematically developing” the production of thermal energy from renewable sources in all divisions.
ABOUT SEGEZHA GROUP
Segezha Group is one of the largest vertically integrated Russian forest industry groups. With assets in 12 countries, the Group operates five divisions with logging, pulp and paper, plywood and wood-based panels, sawmills and building construction. The Group also operates a 43 MW biomass-fired district heat plant, Onega-Energy, in Onega and produces fuel briquettes at its Vyatsky Plywood Mill in Kirov.