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Logging and Sawmilling Journal October/November 2011

October/November 2011

On the Cover:

British Columbia’s 450,000 kilometres of resource roads are under unprecedented pressures. In addition to being used by the forest industry, the roads are now the arteries for increased levels of exploration by the mining industry, and the oil and gas industry. Read about how the B.C. government is trying to streamline the plethora of different road rules, regulations and operational procedures on page 44 in this issue. (Photo by Jim Stirling)

Spotlight

The forest industry turnaround has started in one of B.C.’s most forest industry dependent-communities —Mackenzie—and in a very welcome move, people are being recalled back to work at the sawmill.

Deal with BC Hydro made bioenergy plant happen

Making the grade, lumber-wise

The recent installation of a completely computer-based grading machine in the planer mill at the Tolko High Level sawmill in Alberta shows that computerized grading systems can indeed make the grade.

Blazing a new business trail

Faced with the shutdown of the local sawmill, B.C. logger Ralph Stewart is blazing a new business trail these days, using B.C. government timber sales to keep his harvesting equipment busy.

Guest Column: Saving money with your fork lift equipment

Scott McLeod of Fleetman Consulting on how to save money through better management of fork lift equipment.

Steady sawmill hand

Thanks to regular equipment improvements and steady family hands running the company, Quebec’s Clermond Hamel sawmill has been able to survive the industry shakeout of the last few years, and is even expanding the business.

Getting Beyond Commodity OSB

Tolko’s Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan OSB operation is going beyond turning out commodity product, with the installation of new technology to create a more versatile forming line that is capable of producing other engineered wood products.

Towing timber

It may go back to days gone by, but forest company Conifex finds that moving logs by water is still a very efficient way to move timber, despite having to deal with the weather on Williston Lake in the B.C. Interior.

Taking forestry matters into their own hands

After years of forest industry frustration in northwestern B.C., the First Nations-owned Gitxsan Forest Enterprises Inc has taken matters into its own hands, and is actively managing, and harvesting, a forest licence the company purchased several years ago.

What’s in…The Edge!

Included in The Edge, Canada’s leading publication on research in the forest industry—now incorporated into Logging and Sawmilling Journal—are stories on Canadian Wood Fibre Centre /Natural Resources Canada, Alberta Innovates - Bio Solutions and FPInnovations research projects.

B.C. driving effort for safer resource roads

The B.C. government is trying to streamline the huge variety of different rules, regulations and operational procedures and in the process overhaul how the province’s resource roads can be more safely regulated.

Tech Update

Logging and Sawmilling Journal has the latest information on what’s new in lumber grade optimization equipment.

The Last Word

Tony Kryzanowski asks …Where is the wood lobby for Edmonton’s massive redevelopment plan?

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Deal with BC Hydro made bioenergy plant happen

BC Hydro’s agreement to buy wood-generated power from Conifex Timber was a major milestone for development of the company’s Mackenzie operation. It was the piece that needed to fall into place.

The estimated $50 million bioenergy plant, due for commissioning in the fall of 2012, will supply a minimum of 30 gigawatt hours of electrical energy annually for 20 years to BC Hydro’s grid. The plant’s 230 gigawatt hours of net energy is enough power to sustain 24,000 B.C. homes annually.

“The effect of the agreement is to augment and stabilize Conifex revenues and concurrently expand and stabilize the employment base in Mackenzie, B.C., the province’s most forest-dependent community,” remarked Ken Shields, Conifex’s president and chairman.

Revenues from the project are expected to exceed $20 million annually when the plant is operating at design capacity. Conifex Mackenzie will also be credited by BC Hydro for the 30 megawatts of power required to run its on-site operations. About 80 jobs are anticipated for the construction phase and 20 full time positions subsequently. The bioenergy plant will include a 36 megawatt steam turbine generator set and air pollution control equipment, says Conifex.

The plant requires an annual feedstock of about 200,000 bone dry tonnes of wood residuals. The majority is expected to be created from Conifex’s Mackenzie operations. It could also collect material from Conifex’s sister mill in Fort St. James, connected to Mackenzie by an upgraded logging road system. “We plan on being a little creative with mixing and matching the most economic fuels for the bioenergy plant,” says Arnie Federink, Conifex Mackenzie’s general manager.

An older hogger that was part of the acquired Abitibi-Bowater newsprint plant will be utilized to process bioenergy plant feedstock. It can handle 1.8 metre lengths and parts of small diameter dead pine that won’t make sawlogs.

 

 

 

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