Wood pellets are made from so-called ‘waste-wood,’ diseased and insect-killed trees being prime examples. The Wood Pellet industry turns this waste into renewable, carbon-neutral fuel.
Feature Project: Westview Terminal Redevelopment
Location: Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
In the quest to reduce its shipping costs, this client hired CMC to help plan and develop its own shipping facility in Prince Rupert, BC.
Currently under construction and scheduled to go into operation in the fall of 2013, this new terminal will allow the client to substantially reduce its overall shipping costs, both the overland portion from its production plants and the marine portion to its clients in Europe and Asia.
CMC worked with the client to find a suitable location for the new terminal and to perform the economic and feasibility studies. Subsequent phases have included:
- Environmental studies
- Public review
- Preliminary and detailed engineering
- Assistance in construction and the upcoming commissioning.
Built on the site of an abandoned grain terminal originally built in 1926, and located close to some of Prince Rupert’s prime domestic real estate, the project was subject to a particularly high degree of public scrutiny regarding dust emissions, noise and safety.
The terminal design includes numerous design features to minimize these concerns:
- Low speed material handling equipment
- Fully enclosed material handling system (conveyors, bucket elevators and silos)
- High capacity silo aeration and ventilation system
- Custom-made cascading spouts in the silos, chute work and on the shiploader
- Elimination of centralized dust control systems and concealment of aeration fans to reduce noise emissions
The project also included several ancillary projects, such as:
Design of new facilities for two existing tenants on the project site and coordination of their transfer to:
- a crab fishing operation
- a tug services facility
- Design of a new private rail yard and negotiations with the local rail operator
- Negotiations with the local port authority
- Sourcing of specialized products and suppliers in the USA and the UK.
CMC is currently actively engaged on this project and looks forward to reaching the culmination of the work as the client brings in its first trains and ships to the terminal later in the year.
Other Selected Projects
Truck Dump Facility
Fibreco, North Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
In order to better serve local wood pellet producers Fibreco engaged CMC to develop a plan to allow the receipt of truck based shipments. CMC also prepared a conceptual design for a high capacity bean ladder for use in Fibreco's new wood pellet storage unit.
RTI Phase 1: Storage Remediation
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
This client called upon CMC to find a solution to their storage and quality problems. A review of the flow characteristics of the transport systems and the silo geometry revealed several problems but most particularly the silo feed arrangement and the silo floor geometry.
Wood Pellets Handling Facilities
As part of their business development plan Intrinergy had the opportunity to take over underutilised shipping facilities in Mobile, Texas, and in Wilmington, South Carolina. Speed was of the essence in this work and CMC was engaged to provide a quick turnaround on feasibility, GA and cost estimate for these facilities.
Based upon some overall arrangements of the existing Mobile, Texas transhipment facility, CMC developed basic layouts and general arrangements for several potential solutions.
RTI Phase 2: Shipping Facility
CMC designed a revised shipping system.
RTI Phase 3: Receiving and Storage
Prince Rupert, British Columbia, Canada
The final phase of this client's rehabilitation of their RTI terminal involved the rework of the terminal's receiving system and an increase in the storage capacity.
Burns Lake Technical Assistance
CMC investigated the matter and discovered that the transport system was having difficulty adapting to some unexpected variations in raw product composition. These variations were causing alternating surges and starvations to feeders that normally handle continuous flows.
AgPort Expansion and Relocation Feasibility Study
CMC studied several alternatives for the Fairview AgPort portion of the terminal and eventually selected one as being the most favourable. This option was then more fully developed in terms of design and probable costs.