Pristine Power and Nexterra to Develop $500 M Bioenergy Network

To be part of The BC Bioenergy Power Network, an initiative to create more value from pine-beetle ravaged forest resources in British Columbia, Pristine Power and Nexterra Energy Corp. announced a joint partnership to generate up to 200 megawatts (MW) of renewable energy.

Using Nexterra gasifiers, Pristine aims to build small, community-based generation facilities at mills and in communities throughout BC’s central and southern Interior. The gasification technology converts waste wood from mills, abandoned logging slash and beetle-killed wood into Syngas, which is then used to generate electricity. “We believe the BC Bioenergy Power Network is the best option for converting BC’s vast wood residue resources into clean, reliable and renewable power,” said Harvie Campbell, Executive Vice President of Pristine Power Inc. “Our proposal to BC Hydro will further advance BC as a North American leader in clean energy while creating hundreds of good-paying jobs, new opportunities and a better future for communities and First Nations as they work to recover from the devastating effects of the mountain pine beetle.” The BC Bioenergy Power Network, a response to the recently released BC Government Energy Plan and BC Hydro’s request for biomass energy proposals, reflects a fundamental rethinking of how best to produce renewable electricity in significant volumes. More than 15 Network projects, with each 10 to 20 MW in size, can be located in any forest-dependent community that has access to sufficient quantities of wood residue. “The Bioenergy Power Network is about setting a new standard for creating green power from biomass,” said Jonathan Rhone, CEO of Nexterra Energy. “This alliance between Pristine Power and Nexterra Energy is a powerful combination of technology, power industry experience and financial resources that will help BC achieve its Energy Plan objectives and BC forest communities to create sustained value from its wood residue resources.”

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