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Pacific BioEnergy to permanently close Prince George plant in 2022

In Canada, Pacific BioEnergy Corporation (PacBio), one of the pioneers in the development of the wood pellet industry in British Columbia (BC) since its start in 1994, has announced that following an agreement to assign some of its assets, including the wood pellet long-term sales contracts to UK-headed Drax Group plc, that the PacBio pellet plant in Prince George will close permanently in 2022.

Pacific BioEnergy (PacBio) has operated a pellets plant in Prince George since 1994 producing about 550 000 tonnes annually (photo courtesy PacBio).

As previously announced, after satisfying certain closing conditions expected by the end of 2021, certain assets owned by PacBio will be assigned to Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., part of the Drax Group.

It is intended that the PacBio wood pellet plant at Prince George will be permanently closed in 2022 once the assets are assigned. This decision will mean the loss of 55 direct jobs. The shutdown date will be finalized in early 2022.

Our Company has been battling several challenges for the past few years. Sawmill closures in the region have reduced the volume of available raw materials and increased their cost significantly. Forest fires, landslides, and floods have severely impacted our ability to transport our product by rail to the export terminal in North Vancouver. The impact has been a significant increase in operating costs. Our sales contracts have been sold to Pinnacle to mitigate the impact on our customers. PacBio is proud to have been a part of the Prince George community for over 25 years and we want to thank the community for its support. Our employees have been dedicated to our business and we want to thank them and their families for their contributions said John Stirling, CEO, PacBio.

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