First fibre supplied to Rentech Antikokan new pellet production plant

Rentech Inc. announced Oct. 28 that start-up of the Atikokan wood pellet facility has begun. During the next few weeks, the plant will undergo safety inspections, equipment testing and final commissioning reports Biomass Magazine.

Sean Ebnet, senior vice president of Rentech’s wood fibre business, said, “I’m pleased to reach this important milestone at the Atikokan facility.

The company expects the Atikokan facility to produce pellets in the coming weeks. The existing arrangement of delivering third-party pellets to Ontario Power Generation will be curtailed as the Atikokan facility ramps up production. The total design capacity of the Atikokan wood pellet facility is 100,000 metric tons. Under the terms of the long-term contract, OPG will purchase 45,000 metric tons of pellets annually from the Atikokan facility at the plant gate. The remaining output will be available for sale to OPG or other customers.