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Wood coal on the left produced from the same type of wood chips on the right
NEWS RELEASE · 10th September 2010
Global Bio-Coal Energy Inc.
Pictures of slide presentation delivered in Terrace in January, 2010, at end of story.

Global Bio-Coal Energy Inc of Vancouver, BC, announced today their intention to construct and operate a biocoal production facility in Terrace, BC. The 25-tonne-per-hour facility, the first of its kind in the world, will take wood waste and convert it into a coal-like product to serve the European energy markets.

A ground-breaking ceremony will take place Sept. 24 in Terrace at the CTR Porier Sort Yard at the west end of Keith Avenue starting a 4 p.m.

In making the announcement, Global Bio-Coal Energy’s Chairman, John Bennett stated, “Our Company is extremely pleased to announce that we have reached a significant agreement with Coast Tsimshian Resources LP, which brings certainty of local management expertise to the project.”

Bennett continued: “The new facility, on which we plan to begin construction before winter will be located on the Coast Tsimshian Resources Porier Log Yard, and create about 70 new jobs for the Terrace area, while providing an opportunity for adding value to the low value logs and waste in the area that cannot be presently utilized.”

As to the technology Bennett explained that the Rotawave Targetted Energy System (TIES) was selected after much research and investigation. “We can see 30 or more of these plants operating in the province within the next three years,” he said.

He explained that TIES is a patented, microwave-based, closed continuous feed process, developed and owned by Energy Environmental Group in the UK. It is used for the low-energy cost, high volume torrefication of forest and other biomass. Solid end products from biomass include high calorific value biocoal. The closed system process generates very limited emissions.

The technology, said Bennett, is based on the advanced simultaneous use of multiple electromagnetic frequencies and a unique phase separation drum. This maximizes heat and mass transfer within the continuous feed system.

The low intensity thermal regimes required allow oils and gases to be recovered with no degradation and are recycled within the system to pre-dry biomass and to drive optional power generators. “It is the best choice for the manufacture of biocoal, and is ready to go into production” noted Bennett.

Total production of biocoal will amount to about 120,000 tonnes per year and is already pre-sold to an international broker. It is anticipated that BC can easily produce 10 million tonnes per year from waste and beetle-killed wood fibre.

In participating in the announcement, Garry Reece, Chair of the Board of Coast Tsimshian Resources LP stated, “Our company and management team have worked long to bring this forward with Global Bio-Coal Energy, and we are extremely pleased to be part of this exciting new project for Terrace and the Region.”

Reece continued: “Coast Tsimshian Resources takes its responsibility in the area and Region very seriously, and wants this project to be as inclusive as possible. As a result, our management team will be working over the next while with a number of the forest tenure holders in the area to plan for mutually beneficial supply agreements.”

In supporting Reece, Wayne Drury, CEO for Coast Tsimshian Resources outlined the management mandate that CTR has in providing a world-class facility, and an efficient and sustainable wood supply, stating: “This is a fantastic opportunity for us all in the Northwest.

“As we move forward with development of the management team, the workforce and the supply of up to 500,000 M3 of fibre that will be required annually, our goal is to be as inclusive as possible by providing as many opportunities for our First Nation neighbours and the people of Terrace and area to participate and prosper as a result of this project”

In concluding the announcement, John Bennett stated, “Our Company supports the direction that CTR wishes to take by including as many opportunities as possible, as this is a project intended for the Region.“ Bennett added: “Our Company is ready to go and we look forward to bringing this new world class technology and facility to the Region. We are very thankful for all the work the Coast Tsimshian Resources team has put into this project, as well as the support we have received from Forest Minister Pat Bell and the Northwest Coalition.”
Slide from presentation delivered in Terrace, January, 2010
Slide from presentation delivered in Terrace, January, 2010
Slide from presentation delivered in Terrace, January, 2010
Slide from presentation delivered in Terrace, January, 2010
Slide from presentation delivered in Terrace, January, 2010
Slide from presentation delivered in Terrace, January, 2010
Slide from presentation delivered in Terrace, January, 2010
Slide from presentation delivered in Terrace, January, 2010
Interested in Hearing more.. Have questions?
Comment by Northwest Science & Innovation on 13th September 2010
If you are interested in learning more about Global Biocoal Energy and Benefits of Biomass Power Generation, Biomass as Fuel, Rotawave Microwave Process, Plant Details and Fuel Benefits, attend their presentation as part of the "Green's the Word" event on September 24 & 25. John Bennett will be presenting an hour long presentation on Friday, Sept 24 at 1pm and Saturday, Sept 25 at 11:30am. All events are free to attend and open to everyone. For more information call 250-638-0950 or visit
Agree, Helmut
Comment by James Ippel on 11th September 2010
It would be great if we could mill our logs locally. What this requires is a Forest Minister with the intestinal fortitude to again tie the TFL to the Sawmill. We had the misfortune of having an individual who separted the two.
I think that it would be very difficult to reverse this idiotic decision and go back to the old system that worked very well for our area. Should we revert back, what would CTR do with their wood fibre? Is CTR, or someone else willing to invest millions in re-vitalizing the West Fraser mill, or building a new facility? There are obviously markets in the far east for our products, but it seems they want the raw material, not the finished product.
Lets take a gander at what Steve wrote: "Mr Jack Nimby said his group wants a minimum of 2 years study before any of this job producing nonsense goes ahead." I think he is being facitious, but in reality, we will encounter groups who will put forth this arguement.
Lets encourage investment in our region, create jobs, keep our children home, and enjoy our grandchildren with travelling great distances.
Yes, good news but...
Comment by Helmut Giesbrecht on 11th September 2010
...keep it in perspective. We once had two mills employing hundreds and some 300 logging trucks working in the area and all the spin off benefits. A bit of a reality check is worth more than a lot of promotional hype. Now if we could mill the logs being exported, there would be cause for celebration/
Bring it...
Comment by Adam Kirkwood on 11th September 2010
step one... soon, other green-leaning industry will see what we're all about up here and come set up shop... there's nothing wrong with a resource based economy, as long as we're smart about it and keep Veniez the hell away from it...

Right on Steve
Comment by Rick McDaniel on 10th September 2010
I too wish my best and hope for the success of this project! As you said Steve it is easy to jump up and point out what might be wrong. Some people don't want to see anything move forward, and this is the piece of the puzzle that may bring our particular fibre basket back into the realm of sustainable!
When CTR is exporting people complain that there are no value added jobs here, then when CTR adds some jobs here people jump up and say whoa whoa whoa! That's ridiculous!
Congratulations CTR and your team! Bring on that economy where our young people have the opportunity to have meaningful employment they can be proud of!
and in related news
Comment by Steve Smyth on 10th September 2010
Some local residents are already complaining about the microwaves used in the process. Mr Jack Nimby said his group wants a minimum of 2 years study before any of this job producing nonsense goes ahead......Well, no not really, but I wouldnt be surprised, quite frankly.

This is good news, as is almost any job that creates decent paying employment in this area-good luck to all involved!