BioCrude Project Game Changer for Canfor Pulp and the City
l-r Canfor Pulp President Brett Robinson, Ministry of Forests John Martin, Licella Fibre’s Dr. Len Humphreys and Derek Nighbor of Forest Products Association of Canada
Prince George, B.C. – Canfor Pulp’s partnership with Licella Fibre Fuels of Australia, will put Prince George on the map says Canfor Pulp’s Vice President of Operations, Martin Pudlas “It’s a really exciting thing for the City of Prince George, it will make the City known on a global basis.”
Dr. Len Humphreys, CEO of Licella Fibre Fuels says the pulp and paper operations in Prince George, “Are already one of the world’s largest bio refineries What you focus on though is refining one particular thing from the tree, cellulose, which makes the fibre . What we focus on, is refining everything else from the tree you don’t normally want.”
The partnership will use Licella’s technology, which has already proven to be successful, to create bio-crude from waste streams from the Canfor Pulp’s Prince George operations.
While the bio-crude can be used to create fuels for traditional uses, it can also be used to create a wide variety of chemicals, not unlike its fossil fuel cousin. “It’s really about getting the most out of the precious resource and dowry that we have and we are very excited about this announcement” says Brett Robinson, President of Canfor Pulp.
Dr. Humphreys says this kind of move will also “Add profitability and sustainability” to the company.
Canfor Pulp will be developing a feasibility plan for building an expansion to the Intercon facility to create biocrude. A decision on construction would be made once that plan has been completed and the dollar figure is known. Martin Pudlas expects such a decision would be made in about a year.
Pudlas says if the biocrude production proves to be successful, a similar facility will be added to Canfor Pulp’s Northwood operation.
Then there’s the refining opportunity. “Certainly we are good friends with Husky” says Pudlas, who says with the Husky refinery just across the road “It would be an obvious choice given the logistics.” To date there haven’t been any discussions with Husky about refining the biocrude, Pudlas says they were not in a position to start those discussions until the partnership with Licella was made public.
If the expansion is approved, it would mean new jobs and new training for existing employees.