Company’s pine extraction process to be on show

Foresta’s black pellets are expected to be a seamless substitute for coal. Photo: supplied.

Foresta – an Australian ASX-listed company – is embarking on a significant initiative in the Bay of Plenty.

The company’s latest venture involves the construction of a state-of-the-art torrefied black wood pellet plant in Kawerau.

This plant will not only produce 65,000 tonnes of pellets annually but will also integrate the extraction of high-value chemicals from renewable pine timber on-site, according to Foresta managing director Ray Mountfort.

“The timing of this endeavour aligns strategically with New Zealand’s progressive environmental policies. With the impending ban on new low-and medium-temperature coal boilers, along with the phase-out of existing coal boilers by 2037, the demand for sustainable alternatives is on the rise.”

Foresta’s black pellets emerge as a seamless substitute for coal, offering equivalent energy intensity while drastically reducing carbon emissions, says Ray.

“Furthermore, the plant’s operations extend beyond pellet production. By harnessing natural pine-based chemicals such as rosins and terpenes, Foresta contributes to the shift away from petroleum-derived chemicals in various industries. These sustainable alternatives find applications in everyday products like flavours, fragrances, chewing gum, paints, inks, and tires.”

Foresta’s commitment to sustainability is underscored by its secure 10-year wood supply agreement, a cornerstone for the planned manufacturing plant. “Partnering with PF Olsen, New Zealand’s largest forestry services company, Foresta ensures a sustainable source of 150,000 tonnes of logs, stumps, and slash from Forest Stewardship Council-accredited forests.”

Foresta will be exhibiting at Fieldays on June 12-15, located at site D66. “Attendees can look forward to an immersive experience featuring live demonstrations of our innovative pine chemical extraction process and cutting-edge stump-pulling technology,” says Ray.

“Alongside a soap giveaway, crafted from pine chemicals. We extend a warm invitation to all visitors to join us at our booth and delve deeper into our mission to decarbonise the nation.”


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