A truck of logs rolled across the weigh scale in Fort Nelson for the first time in 12 years last week.
Peak Renewables announced the news and posted a picture of the milestone Jan. 14, calling it "one step towards biomass energy production."
"We are starting to log in the FN region," the company posted to its social media channels. "We are bringing back jobs where there aren't any."
Last year, Canfor Corp. announced the planned sale of its Fort Nelson Crown tenure to Peak Renewables, a startup backed by Brian Fehr, Order of BC recipient and founder and former owner of the BID Group, for $30 million.
Peak Renewables plans to build a wood-pellet manufacturing plant on the old Canfor site, which still has buildings, a log pond and a biomass energy plant.
It would produce 600,000 metric tonnes of pellets annually, to be exported to Asia, where pellets are burned, as an alternative to fossil fuels, to produce heat and power.
The sale of Canfor’s tenure to Peak Renewables will have to get the approval of the forestry minister, and the community will have a say in the matter.
The Fort Nelson Chamber will host a virtual roundtable with the Forest Tenures Branch on jan. 21 to discuss the tenure sale and public process.
Should the sale be approved, the new pellet plant could be up and operating by 2022.
The plant is expected to employ about 50 people, while woodlands operations would employ 300 to 400 in logging.
This is a developing story.
— with files from Nelson Bennett/Business in Vancouver
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