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Trebio Company Outline
130,000 mt. / year wood pellet production plant
Location: Portage-du-Fort, Québec, Canada
Quality: EN Plus A1
Raw Materials: logs from various softwood and hardwood species
Raw Material Supply Agreement with Crown Forests for 25 years
Export in Bulk
Port of Trois-Rivières (Three Rivers) on St. Lawrence Seaway:
- 10.7 meter draft
- Allowing for 40,000 mt. deadweight vessels – the typical export vessels from the Great Lakes
- Allowing for dedicated vessels or high frequency part cargo co-shipping with many agricultural commodities to Europe
- Ice Free
- 15,000 mt. storage available
- 100% rail transport from plant to port to cover the 430 km distance
Export in Bags
Delivered to the container terminals at the Port of Montréal and shipped by direct liner services to ARA, German and UK ports.
Plant Commissioning: June 2011
Funded by Co owners’ equity – Management Team’s and GF Energy’s, government grant and bank loans. After more than four years in planning and construction, Trebio will start producing and marketing wood pellets in the second quarter of 2011 from their new facility in Portage-du-Fort, Québec in Eastern Canada.
The plant site is a deserted wood pulp plant with buildings already in place and rail connection directly into the buildings. Trebio is a company registered in Canada jointly owned by the Canadian and UK management teams and GF Energy of the Netherlands. It is funded through the personal equity of the Shareholders and the Management Team, and Canadian Government grant funding and Bank loan.
Trebio has been granted managed access to forest fibre by the Québec Ministry of Forestry for at least the next 25 years. Harvested under strict regulations, the forest fibre is felled and replenished according to the long term forest management programmes enforced by the Federal and Provincial Canadian Governments.
The opening fibre allocation to Trebio is 250,000 tonnes annually which will facilitate the initial production of up to 130,000 tonnes of wood pellets per year. Depending on market conditions, the allocation can be adjusted to meet a production increase to 250,000 tonnes in the future, at the same facility.
Through having our own continuous fibre source at a known cost base, Trebio can enter long-term, index linked supply contracts with our clients to provide a reliable source of quality wood pellets.
Our facility at Portage-du-Fort is amongst the vast Eastern Canadian Boreal mixed hard and softwood forest making our supply chain to the facility short and efficient.
Trebio wood pellets will be distributed in bags or in bulk to North American and Europe. North American orders will be delivered overland. European exports will be shipped by sea freight. Our direct connection from the plant to the railway system makes it easy for us to deliver pellets to the Port of Trois-Rivières, where bags will be put in maritime containers, and bulk will be stored in silos, prior to being loaded onboard cargo ships bound for Europe.
The background of the Trebio management team is many years in the Timber and Forest products industries. With many successful ventures and supply programmes behind them, they are focused on customer service, supply chain management and quality.
Trebio has a business plan centered on providing the market with high quality 6mm pellets to the CEN/TS 14961 European Standard – the new European EN Plus A1 certification replacing the German Din Plus standard. Trebio maintains the quality commitment to its clients by being involved in the complete logistics chain, from the facility to the delivery point.
A targeted sales programme for Europe and North America is being implemented through sales offices in the UK, the Netherlands and at the facility in Québec, Canada. Marketing activities have started to deliver the Trebio market offering of long-term contractual supply of Biomass Energy combined with efficient logistics management to specific market sectors. These sectors are Power Generators using Biomass to reduce their carbon emissions, Commercial Biomass Heat consumers including Public and Private energy service companies (ESCOs) and Domestic users.