Ministry of Natural Resources
With support from the Ontario government, Rentech, Inc. is converting the idled oriented strandboard mill in Wawa to an industrial wood pellet production facility. The new facility will employ 40 workers and support an additional 200 forest industry jobs in surrounding communities.
Production is expected to begin in the fall of 2014 with an annual production of 360,000 tonnes of pellets by 2016.
- The Ministry of Natural Resources has issued a Forest Resource Processing Facility Licence to Rentech, Inc. to support the conversion and operation of the Wawa pellet facility.
- The forestry sector supports more than 150,000 jobs in over 260 communities across the province.
- Rentech, Inc. will ship its wood pellets to Drax Power, a 4,000-Megawatt U.K.-based electricity generator that is currently converting much of its coal-powered generation facility to sustainable biomass fuel energy production.
- The Ontario government has introduced a new three-part plan to help create jobs and economic growth: investing in people, building modern infrastructure and supporting a dynamic and innovative business climate.
“Beginning with the Wawa pellet facility, which will currently be our largest pellet plant, and together with our Atikokan project, Rentech is on track to become the largest producer of wood pellets in Eastern Canada. We are grateful to have the backing of Ontario and the Ministry of Natural Resources to support our investments. We are excited about building safe, world-class businesses, which will provide regional jobs and economic opportunities for Ontario’s local communities and First Nations.”
Hunt Ramsbottom, President and CEO, Rentech, Inc.
Wawa is located along the Trans-Canada Highway between Sault Ste. Marie and Thunder Bay, Ontario. The word Wawa is Ojibway for “Land of the Big Goose”. This small town is renowned for its distinctive landmark – a gigantic steel Canada Goose – that was built to commemorate the completion of the Trans-Canada Highway in 1960.