Westview Wood Pellet Terminal
Owned by Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group and operated by Metro Ports, Westview Wood Pellet Terminal was opened in January 2014 as the first purpose-built wood pellet export facility in North America.
Owned by Pinnacle Renewable Energy Group and operated by Metro Ports, Westview Wood Pellet Terminal was opened in January 2014 as the first purpose-built wood pellet export facility in North America. The facility has an annual capacity to ship 1.25 million tonnes of wood pellets annually to world markets for use in power generation.
The Westview Wood Pellet Terminal is a wood pellet receiving, storage and shipping facility, located on the west coast of Kaien Island. It receives wood pellets from rail cars, stores pellets in metal silos, and loads wood pellets into bulk cargo ships bound for overseas markets in Western Europe and Asia. Specifically designed with soft handling technologies to reduce pellet breakage, the terminal also features best available technologies for dust suppression.
Wood pellets are made from waste wood material such as logging waste and sawmill residue. The pellets are produced by compressing the waste wood material under high temperatures that the lignin in the wood forms a natural glue that holds the pellets together as it cools.The world market for wood pellet fuels is rapidly growing as a result of demand for renewable biomass fuels to replace fossil fuels in power boilers and space heating.
Westview Wood Pellet Terminal In Depth
Capacity & Performance
- Annual Throughput Capacity: 1.3 million tonnes
- Storage Capacity: 50 thousand tonnes
- Rail Unloading Rate: 6,000 tonne/hour
- Ship Loading Rate: 2,000 tonne/hour
- Single berth depth: 12.5 m (low tide)
- Ship size limit: 75,000 DWT (Panamax)
- Scheduled rail service
- High terminal productivity