Smolder Issue Concluded at PBEC
Prince George, B.C.- The smoldering pellets in a silo at Pacific Bioenergy in Prince George, are finally out.
The incident was first noted a week ago, when Pacific Bioenergy staff detected a problem in the storage silo. Some of the pellets had started to smolder.
Staff went into emergency response mode, contacted Prince George Fire Rescue and started removing pellets from the silo in order to ensure all smoldering pellets could be properly extinguished.
That process continued until this morning. In all, it is estimated 3000 tonnes of pellets were removed from the storage silo.
Significant amounts of water were injected into the silo this morning in an effort to fully extinguish any remaining smoldering. Shawn Bells, Vice President, Operations for Pacific Bioenergy describes the process “As we removed the pellets, inert gas was injected into the silo to reduce the risk of additional complications with the extinguishment process. We concluded this morning that the smolder event posed no further significant risk. We began clean-up procedures and continue to remove the remaining saturated material.”
Bells says a thorough investigation into what started the incident will start soon.