As we say goodbye to April and welcome the start of May with its longer days and warmer temperatures, I want to thank the outstanding team at Pacific BioEnergy, our suppliers, and our contractors for stepping up and doing a fantastic job during this Covid-19 pandemic.
The BC Wood Pellet industry was declared an essential service in mid-March and our customers in Europe and Japan are grateful for everyone’s dedication. Our product is essential to their power production and I want to pass along their thanks to our team.
To support our operations, we have developed new policies, procedures, training, and communication for employees and contractors. We’ve all learned new safety and physical-distancing protocols that have enabled our plant to operate fairly smoothly through this historic time. This has allowed our staff to continue working to support their families and for that we are also grateful. Again, thank you for your dedication, commitment, and your positive approach during this unusual period. I also want to recognize the creativity and innovation of our team to ensure that we have an adequate supply of fibre to see us through break-up.
Thanks to our contractors and suppliers who help us continue to run our operations by adapting to the Covid-19 protocols at our Prince George Plant. Their staff have adapted to these changes with a positive attitude. I think it speaks very well to the ‘Can Do’ approach I’ve seen from our partners in Prince George.
As we look ahead to May and June, there is still considerable uncertainty as to when the lockdown measures will be lifted and just how the transition will take place. It does seem clear that the return to “normal” will come in stages and that it may take longer than we would like. Our Covid-19 protocols will remain in place until it is safe to modify or withdraw.
Our goal remains to continue providing our customers with the pellets we’ve promised them while continuing to work safely and observing our Covid-19 protocols. Thanks to everyone for helping us through this unprecedented period.