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REPORTING · 21st March 2010
Merv Ritchie
Pristine Power has answered the call of the provincial government in its request for proposals for new “Clean Green” electrical power generation facilities. Pristine has proposed a network of 15 sites they call the BC BioEnergy Network and the Terrace Economic Development Authority (TEDA) states they have selected Terrace as a potential site.

The plant they propose for the region is one of the smaller types of steam boilers as they claim the wood residue is more widely dispersed. TEDA claims this proposal is one of the best they have seen and will be asking Terrace City council to provide a letter of support at Mondays City Council meeting.

“Pristine has the most experienced team and most admirable bio energy project TEDA has seen in recent years.” wrote Sam Harling in a letter to the City requesting a letter of support for Pristine Power’s proposal, “This 30MW plant would require approximately 450,000m3 of fibre supply.” Adding it could burn all types of wood waste including roadside brush.

TEDA’s Chair, Daryl Tucker wrote, “We have had a presentation from Pristine and many other “Bio Energy” companies in recent months and years. Pristine has stood out as a leader in the field and proposes a project in Terrace that makes a great deal of sense for our forest resources, our economy, our environment and our people. It is rare to see a project so well accepted by such a diverse range of local stakeholders such as; First Nations, forest licensees, local government and organizations like TEDA.”

Harling states the executive staff of the company will be meeting with a variety of Minister in Victoria this week (listing 10) and hopes to have the City write a letter of support, as TEDA already has, along with the NorthWest BC Forest coalition, for the company to use in their meetings with the Government.

The benefits include 200 construction jobs, 16 ‘high end’ direct jobs, 100 indirect jobs, $120 million investment, First Nations business opportunities in supply and ownership, improvements in air quality and a community recycling depot for wood waste.

The letter states the benefits for BC Hydro are that this would be ‘firm’ power unlike wind and proposed run of river projects and would add value to the forest resources.

These plants are normally set up near to a mill site utilizing the forests for a higher return product using the waste to provide a secondary, ancillary, income. Generally this is the same methodology with a pellet plant; using the waste wood from an already profitable lumber operation. Terrace has an exceptionally high degree of what is called decadent lumber in the forest reserves making this area slightly more attractive to these types of operations.

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