Pacific BioEnergy has operated in Prince George since 1994. Pacific BioEnergy employs 55 people in its Prince George plant and office and generates another 50 indirect jobs. The plant produces about 550,000 tons of wood pellets annually. Pacific BioEnergy supplies pellets to the University of Northern BC (UNBC) to heat the I.K. Barber Enhanced Forestry Lab, two on-campus residence buildings, and the UNBC Childcare Centre. Pacific BioEnergy also supplies pellets to the PG Humane Society. Staff and volunteers prefer to use wood pellets in place of chemically based kitty-litter for cats in care. PBEC supports a variety of special events throughout the year including the PG Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence Awards. Pacific BioEnergy has also been a longtime sponsor of the Canadian Bioindustry Conference and Exhibition which is held in Prince George every second year.
Nazbec a partnership involving Pacific BioEnergy, Nazko First Nation and Tolko built and began operating a state-of-the-art Fibre Processor in Quesnel in 2013. Logs harvested in the Nazko area west of Quesnel are trucked to the facility. Pulp logs are chipped and sent to pulp mills in Quesnel. Logs not suitable for dimension lumber or pulp chips are processed and sent to Pacific BioEnergy’s Prince George plant for processing into wood pellets.
Nazko is the home community of the Nazko First Nation which is a key partner in Nazbec. The Nazko First Nation owns and operates a logging and trucking company which employs Nazko community members. Nazko Logging generates annual revenues to support the community. Regular dividend payments from Nazbec are also invested in the community. Nazbec celebrates its unique partnership by hosting a Community BBQ in Nazko each Spring.
Pacific BioEnergy and Canfor partnered in 2014 to construct and operate a pellet plant to utilize sawmill residues from the Canfor sawmill. The plant produces about 150,000 tons of pellets annually and is operated by Canfor. Pacific BioEnergy markets the pellets and manages the transportation and logistics.
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Pacific BioEnergy and Canfor partnered in 2015 to construct and operate a pellet plant to utilize sawmill residues from the Canfor sawmill. The plant produces about 150.000 tons of pellets annually and is operated by Canfor. Pacific BioEnergy markets the pellets and manages the transportation and logistics.