Investigation Continues into Emergency Incident at Pacific BioEnergy’s Prince George Plant

An investigation into what caused a small fire at Pacific BioEnergy’s Prince George Plant on Friday evening continues. Crews from four halls of the Prince George Fire and Rescue department responded to a call at approximately 8:00 p.m. The crew from Pacific BioEnergy immediately actioned the fire but called Prince George Fire and Rescue for backup when smoke began to enter the adjacent production building making it unsafe to continue to action. The fire originated in the cooler exhaust stack and was isolated to the stack and incoming ductwork. There were no injuries as a result of the incident. The heat from the fire compromised the structural integrity of the exhaust stack which has been removed for replacement. A full investigation into the cause of the fire will be conducted.

Shawn Bells, Vice President, Operations for Pacific Bioenergy states “We want to thank both the Prince George Fire and Rescue department for its quick response to the incident at our plant on Friday evening. I also want to sincerely thank our staff on duty that evening. It is clear that the time and resources we’ve invested in our people in safety and emergency response training is working. It is also clear that the investments in safety monitoring systems that we’ve made during the past several years are also paying dividends. The situation was contained quickly and effectively by the combined response of the Prince George Fire and Rescue department and our own Pacific BioEnergy team.”

Pacific BioEnergy is Canada’s second largest wood pellet producer with an annual production of 510,000 tons. The company owns a large wood pellet manufacturing plant in Prince George and also manages wood pellet plants in Chetwynd and Fort St John in partnership with Canfor. Since Pacific BioEnergy was founded in 1994 it has exported approximately 3.5 million tons of wood pellets to markets in Europe and Asia. Pacific BioEnergy’s Prince George plant has significantly helped improve air quality by taking material formerly burned in beehive burners and using the material to produce renewable wood pellets for use in power plants in Europe and Asia.

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Pacific BioEnergy Observes 2018 National Day of Mourning

Pacific BioEnergy and its’ employees observed this year’s National Day of Mourning at a Safety Meeting on April 27th (April 28 is the official National Day of Mourning). The company feels strongly that taking time for a moment of silence to honor the lives lost on the job. Last year, 158 B.C. workers died from a workplace injury or disease.

The annual occurrence is especially important for employees at Pacific BioEnergy as our industry has sustained catastrophic events that resulted in shaping safer work environments for each of us.  Observation of the annual National Day of Mourning also provides extra incentive to stay focused and diligent when it comes to safety both at work and at home.

Pacific BioEnergy Attends Work BC 2018 Job Fair

Human Resources Manager, Sharel Grimm and Safety and Environmental Manager, Darren Marutt were on hand at the Work BC Job Fair held on April 11th at the Work BC Centre in Prince George. Hundreds of people attended the event to research new job opportunities and to speak one-on-one with prospective new employers.

Grimm states “Attending Job Fairs allows Pacific BioEnergy to meet prospective new employees and explain first-hand what we do, what we value and why we are an employer of choice.   Posting a Job opportunity on a website is a good start but being able to interact with people provides an arena for an informal 2-way interview process to take place – we recognize that we are being interviewed as well”.

Marutt adds “Being able to meet people at a Job Fair like this gives us the opportunity to meet potential employees that would be a good fit for our Company.  We’re looking for people who are team-oriented and have a passion for producing superior clean, green wood pellets which help improve the environment and make the world a better place. You can learn a lot about a person from reading their resume but the value in being able to meet them and engage in a conversation at a Job Fair like this is huge for us.”

Pacific BioEnergy Celebrates NAOSH Week

Pacific BioEnergy and its’ employees will celebrate North American Occupational Safety and Health (NAOSH) Week May 6-12. The theme this year is Take Safety Home. This will be the 3rd year that Pacific BioEnergy has celebrated this important event with an Employee BBQ and other activities that are focused on safety at work and at home.

While safety is a core value of Pacific BioEnergy that is front and centre for employees each week of the year, NAOSH Week provides the opportunity to celebrate Safety Success and the benefits of a team-approach to improving safety at work and at home

Pacific BioEnergy Partners with PG Humane Society

Pacific BioEnergy started 2018 with a new partnership with the Prince George Humane Society. The Prince George Humane Society is a community based, registered charity that provides a safe haven for abused, neglected and abandoned animals in the north.

Over the past few years, staff and volunteers at the Society determined that they preferred to use wood pellets instead of chemical-based kitty-litter. Wood pellets absorb a lot more odor and were easier to work with but purchase of wood pellets meant the Society was using valuable funds that were needed to help the animals in care. The Society approached Pacific BioEnergy and requested a partnership that would supply all its wood pellet needs and since January, Pacific BioEnergy has been supplying pellets to the PG Humane Society. Pacific BioEnergy is proud that it’s renewable energy alternative wood pellets have another useful purpose in helping animals in need.