Grand plans: New Brunswick pellet producer embarks on $30M expansion project

By Maria Church
Canadian Biomass
January 12, 2023
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada, Canada East

Grand River Pellets Limited came online within the last four years and has ramped up to become an important player in the Maritime pellet world. The pellet producer’s key to success is its role as a value-added consumer of sawmill by-products. The plant is located near the St. Leonard sawmill in northwestern New Brunswick. J.D. Irving Limited’s six sawmills in New Brunswick and one in Maine, as well as a number of independent suppliers, send their sawdust and shavings to Grand River Pellets. Operating since May 2019, the pellet plant has taken on a $30-million capital project that will more than double its nameplate capacity and allow feedstock flexibility. …“With the capital project, we are doubling the drying capacity of the mill and we’ll go from 140,000 to 220,000 once it’s commissioned and fully operational,” explains Nicholas MacGougan, general manager of Grand River Pellets.

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