Segezha Group's Siberian pellet plant gains ENplus certification
In Russia, Ksilotek-Sibir LLC – the Siberian wood pellet asset of Segezha Group (part of JSFC Sistema) operating on the site of Lesosibirsky Woodworking Plant No. 1 sawmill – has announced that it has recently received ENplus certification. Produced from debarked wood and with an ash content of less than 0.5 percent, the wood pellets have been certified as ENplus Class A1, the highest quality class.
Class A1 is the highest pellet quality class, which the company says is necessary to gain access to the European biomass fuel market. The audit was held in December 2018 by German company Peterson Control Union Deutschland GmbH (PCU), a certification body, part of Control Union World Group, accredited by BLE and ISCC.
In accordance with the ENplus standard, Ksilotek-Sibir has been equipped with a special mini-laboratory to guarantee ongoing control of pellet quality. Therefore, the main quantitative characteristics of pellets have been confirmed by lab tests, including bulk density, strength (or abrasion capacity), ash content, humidity, and calorific value.
Biomass Consult, an international consulting company with extensive experience in preparing companies for certification of this kind, was hired to guarantee good preparation of the company for the process.
We have completed all the necessary procedures and developed data collection methods, compiled guidance brochures for responsible staff members and trained key management staff. Now, considering that in January we received the Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP) certification, the company now has everything necessary to begin working on the European market, said Sergey Pobegaylo, General Director of Ksilotek-Sibir LLC
The entire ENplus certification process, from enterprise action planning to the issuance of the document by the accredited certification authority, took just over six months.