Pacific BioEnergy Corporation (PacBio) announced that it will close permanently in 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,” said PacBio CEO John Stirling stated.
“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.”
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.
PacBio said it has reached an agreement to assign some of its assests, including the wood pellet long-term sales contracts, to the Drax Group.
The company says after satisfying certain closing conditions, which is expected by the end of 2021, certain assets owned by PacBio will be assigned to Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc., which is part of the Drax Group.
“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,” stated the company.