Tolko reveal plans for new bioenergy plant in High Level
In Canada, forest industry major Tolko Industries Ltd held a public hearing in High Level, Alberta (AB) where representatives discussed details surrounding its plans to install a new biomass-fired energy plant at its sawmill in High Level.
On March 20, representatives from Tolko Industries Ltd hosted a public hearing in High Level, Alberta (AB) to discuss the new energy plant project for the company’s lumber mill in High Level, its impact on mill operations and the community.
Construction of the energy plant is expected to start in April 2018, and to be operational by June 2019.
We’re excited to bring this project to the community. This system is the first phase of Tolko’s plan to permanently decommission the beehive burner. The new energy plant will reduce our carbon footprint in High Level. This is a part of our commitment to sustainability and to the community, said Dave Gillespie, Plant Manager for Tolko’s High Level division.
Gillespie noted that there are many benefits to the new energy system, including that it will:
- consume most of the bark produced by the High Level sawmill,
- use a state-of-the-art electrostatic precipitator (ESP) to minimize air emissions,
- enable the sawmill to significantly reduce natural gas used in the lumber drying process by replacing it with bioenergy, and
- provide green bioenergy to the future wood pellet plant at the site which is currently planned to begin operation in 2020.