Group Lebel Announces Construction of $40 Million Wood Pellet Plant in Cacouna, Quebec

Groupe Lebel has announced that it is building a $40 million (CAD) wood pellet plant in Cacouna, Quebec. The new plant will be located nearby to the company’s headquarters in Rivière-du-Loup.

According to le Soleil, the Quebec City, French-language daily newspaper, the new pellet plant is set to begin operating in 2023, with a maximum capacity of 100,000 tons of pellets per year. The plant will use 250,000 tons of sawmill residuals, including sawdust, bark, and savings, as well as low-grade biologs.

The bioenergy will allow the company to reduce their greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 30,470 tons of CO2. The pellet plant will also feature a thermal power plant powered by woody biomass, to dry-out the fiber used to produce the pellets.

The new pellet plant will result in the creation of 20 new jobs. For this project, Groupe Lebel has turned to Prodesa for most of the equipment and installation. The Quebec government has invested $15M in the project.

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