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
Client: Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group
Location: Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
In the quest to reduce its shipping costs, Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group hired CMC to help plan and develop its own shipping facility in Prince Rupert. Currently under construction and scheduled to go into operation in the fall of 2013, this new terminal will allow Pinnacle to substantially reduce its overall shipping costs, from the overland portion of its production plants to the marine portion serving its clients in Europe and Asia.
Keeping in mind the primary goal of substantially reducing Pinnacle’s shipping costs, CMC undertook the following initiatives:
- Feasibility studies
- Environmental studies
- Public review
- Project approval
- Preliminary and detailed engineering
- Equipment procurement
- Project and construction management
The new terminal is being constructed on the site of an abandoned grain mill originally built in 1926. Since some of Prince Rupert’s prime domestic real estate is located close to the site, the project was subject to a high degree of public scrutiny regarding dust emissions, noise and safety.
Again, keeping in mind the primary goal, the terminal includes numerous design features that will minimize these concerns:
- Low speed material handling equipment
- A 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:
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
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 I Storage Remediation
Houston, Prince Rupert, BC, Canada
Houston Pellet 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
Houston, Prince Rupert, BC
The final phase of Houston Pellet'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.