Metis Artist Erin Stagg Wins 1st Ever PG Chamber Of Commerce – Top Indigenous Business Of The Year Award

Erin Stagg says that she felt extremely honoured when she heard her name called at the 2019 Prince George Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards Gala on October 18, 2019 as the winner of the 1st ever Top Indigenous Business of the Year award. The PG Chamber initiated the new award as part of the annual Business Excellence Awards program to recognize the importance of indigenous owned businesses to the Prince George economy.

Pacific BioEnergy President and CEO, John Stirling presented Erin with her award. John says that Pacific BioEnergy is honoured to sponsor the Top Indigenous Business of the Year award that recognizes the best of indigenous business ownership. Pacific BioEnergy has a long-standing business partnership with the Nazko First Nation west of Quesnel and sponsoring the Top Indigenous Business of the Year award is another step in developing excellent working relationships with indigenous communities and entrepreneurs. John also extends best wishes to the other three finalists in the award category and commits to sponsoring the Top Indigenous Business of the Year award at the 2020 PG Chamber Business Excellence Awards.

Pacific BioEnergy President, John Stirling will transition to Chief Executive Officer

Pacific BioEnergy Corporation Board of Directors and current CEO and Chairman of the Board, Don Steele, announced today that John Stirling, current President will assume the position of Chief Executive Officer of Pacific BioEnergy Corporation effective July 01, 2019.

Don Steele will remain Chairman of the Board and continue to focus on Corporate Development and Strategies.

PACBIO President Speaks at PG Chamber Luncheon

On Thursday, June 13, PacBio President John Stirling was the keynote speakers at the Prince George Chamber of Commerce luncheon. He told the audience of about 60 that PacBio has been a bioenergy leader in Prince George for the past 25 years and credited the vision of John Swaan and support of Carrier Lumber for getting the company started. John talked about the positive partnerships that PacBio has with groups in the community such as UNBC, PG Humane Society, Prince George Chamber of Commerce and the City of Prince George. He told the audience that unlike the lumber and pulp & paper industries, the wood pellet sector doesn’t experience the ‘highs & lows’ of cyclical markets but has seen steady, stable growth since the 1990s. He said new partnerships with companies like Sumitomo Corporation of Japan will mean long-term contracts for wood pellets for the next 15 to 20 years. John said one of the key challenges to further growth for the BC Wood Pellet sector is access to fibre that the lumber and pulp & paper sectors don’t want. He said that PacBio and other pellet producers continue to work with the Province of BC, communities and First Nations to resolve the challenge.

PACBIO Welcomes Mr. Hamamoto

On Wednesday, June 5, PacBio welcomed a group of Sumitomo representatives including Mr. Manabu (Matt) Hamamoto, who is the new leader of Sumitomo’s Materials, Supplies and Real Estate Group in New York. Sumitomo purchased 48% of PacBio in 2017 and falls within Mr. Hamamoto’s responsibilities for Sumitomo. He toured the plant and met with PacBio Chairman and CEO, Don Steele, President John Stirling other staff. Mr. Hamamoto’s visit was marked with a special ‘tree planting’ ceremony at the entrance to the PG Plant. The planting of the tree celebrates the partnership between PacBio and Sumitomo and is a sign of good fortune for the future. A plaque commemorating the special ceremony was also placed in front of the tree. Mr. Hamamoto looks forward to working with everyone at PacBio and welcomes the opportunity to grow the business to the benefit of both PacBio and Sumitomo.

John Stirling (left), Mr. Manabu (Matt) Hamamoto (right)

Pacific BioEnergy Corporation Announces No Injuries Sustained During A Recent Fire Incident

Pacific BioEnergy Corporation’s management team at the Prince George Plant continues to investigate a fire that occurred on April 06, 2019. The incident was detected by employees at approximately 8:30 a.m. and Prince George Fire and Rescue was notified and were promptly on-site.

No injuries were sustained in this incident and the investigation into the cause is on-going. The Company’s priority at this time is to ensure the safety of all of its’ employees and contractors on site as they work through the investigation, assess the damage and generate a plan for safe recommissioning of the plant.

Wood Pellet Association of Canada Silo Fires Workshop

Shawn Bells, VP of Operations, Pacific BioEnergy, walked an audience through the events surrounding the company’s 2017 silo fire at a Prevention and Response workshop held in Prince George, BC on February 14, 2019.  The workshop was held by the Wood Pellet Association of Canada (WPAC) in co-operation with WorkSafe BC and featured Silo fire expert Henry Persson of the RISE Research Institute of Sweden as a guest speaker.



Skeena Sawmills and Pacific BioEnergy Announce Long Term Off-Take Agreement for Wood Pellets

For Immediate Release
January 31, 2019

Terrace, B.C. – Skeena Sawmills Ltd. and Pacific BioEnergy Corporation (PacBio) have entered into a long term off-take agreement for wood pellets. Under the terms of the agreement, PacBio will purchase all of the pellets produced at Skeena Sawmills’ new, state-of-the-art pellet plant, in support of PacBio’s long term supply agreements with power producers in Japan. Skeena’s pellet plant is built adjacent to its sawmill in Terrace, B.C., and will commence production in Q1 2019.

“Skeena’s pellet plant provides a critical outlet for residual fibre from the sawmill and builds on our commitment to maximizing value from the forest resource and generating local jobs from local logs in Northwestern British Columbia,” said Rick Harris, Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Skeena Sawmills. “Our $20 million investment to build a pellet plant, combined with this long-term strategic partnership with PacBio to serve international markets for bioenergy, supports the sustainability of both our business model and the regional forest economy.”

Commenting on the agreement, John Stirling, President, of PacBio said, “This agreement with Skeena Sawmills contributes to our growing presence serving Japan’s demand for bioenergy products and advances our vision of bringing greater value to B.C.’s forest industry. I want to thank Paul Kalil, PacBio’s VP of Corporate Development, and Rick for leading the development of this Agreement. We look forward to further developing our relationship with Skeena.”

About Skeena Sawmills

Skeena Sawmills Ltd. is a Canadian corporation headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia, with sawmill and forest operations in Terrace, BC. Its sawmill has a capacity of approximately 120 million board feet of lumber production annually and is located 135 kilometers from the Port of Prince Rupert, BC. Skeena Sawmills is one of the largest Pacific Coast Hemlock sawmilling facilities in British Columbia, producing a wide variety of quality Hem-Fir products for domestic and international markets.

About Pacific BioEnergy Corporation

Pacific BioEnergy Corporation is a leading manufacturer and internationally recognized supplier of wood pellet biomass fuel to industrial purchasers worldwide. The company is based in Prince George, BC with its head office in Vancouver, BC.

Media Contacts

Rick Harris
Vice President, Sales & Marketing
Phone (604) 612-0073

John Stirling
Phone (604) 602-1099

Pacific BioEnergy Corporation Enters Into New Long-Term Supply Contracts To Japanese Power Producers

Pacific BioEnergy Corporation (PacBio) today announced that it has entered into two new long-term pellet supply contracts with Japanese power producers. Commencing in 2020 and 2022 respectively, PacBio will be supplying a combined 170,000 metric tonnes per annum to them by 2022.

PacBio’s pellets will be delivered to newly built dedicated biomass power plants and will contribute to stable, renewable, green electricity production supporting Japan’s energy transition. This new business for PacBio has been and will be intermediated through Sumitomo Corporation, PacBio’s 48% shareholder and marketing partner.

“These new contracts, which extend to 2030 and 2035, represent a major extension to PacBio’s existing contracted sale portfolio. This new business assures the continued strong presence of our Prince George and affiliated manufacturing operations in the dynamic and growing Asian market” said Don Steele, CEO. “This business, in addition to existing contracts in the European and Japanese markets, demonstrates the fulfillment of over 12 years of pioneering market development work in the Asia region.”

Since inception in 1994, PacBio has converted and marketed over 4 million tonnes of sawmill and forest harvest residuals that would otherwise have been incinerated as waste and developed various technologies, systems, and markets to create a viable green energy industry that is complementary to the traditional sawmilling and pulp manufacturing industries. In 1998, PacBio opened the European industrial energy markets for BC manufactured biomass fuel. In 2008, PacBio began utilizing forest residuals (aka “slash”) as a raw material source, supplementing sawmill residuals which had traditionally been incinerated in Bee Hive Burners, thereby materially reducing air smoke contamination in Prince George and Central BC. PacBio’s forest residuals program focuses on utilizing low grade pine beetle damaged fibre and making productive use of the material and reducing the environmental effects associated with open slash burning.

In a manner similar to the oil industry discontinuing the “flaring” of natural gas from oil production in the 70’s and 80’s, PacBio views its business model as bringing greater value and lowered pollution levels to BC’s forest industry by eliminating the incineration of forest harvest and sawmill operation residuals thereby treating as “by-product” what has historically been viewed as waste.

Media Contact:
Kevin Brown, Communications Advisor
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Pacific BioEnergy’s Wood Pellet Donation Fuels UNBC BioMass System

2019 marks the 10th anniversary of a special partnership between Pacific BioEnergy and the University of Northern British Columbia.  For the past decade, Pacific BioEnergy has contributed wood pellets to heat the I.K. Barber Enhanced Forestry Laboratory at UNBC.

The decision to heat the forestry lab greenhouse with renewable wood pellets marked the official start to UNBC becoming “Canada’s Green University”.

Pacific BioEnergy also provides wood pellets that generate hot water to heat UNBC’s student residences and Daycare Centre.

Pacific BioEnergy Welcomes New President

Pacific BioEnergy Corporation has a new President! John Stirling officially began his new duties on September 10. John has been involved in the wood pellet industry since 2006.

Prior to entering the pellet business, John was active in developing green energy companies. He has a background in business consulting with Deloitte Consulting and engineering. John holds a BA Economics, a BSc Mechanical Engineering and an MBA in Operations and Finance.