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Hardwood Prices Rise in Nova Scotia Due to New Biomass Projects

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According to The Chronicle Herald, Nova Scotia, Canada, a hardwood shortage across Nova Scotia, spawned by biomass projects, is sending prices up, and there’s no end in sight. Some dealers are selling split hardwood around Halifax for $299 a cord. Much of the hardwood is heading toward Saint John, N.B., and Northern Pulp in Pictou County.

While those mills used to require only softwood species such as spruce, they have switched their pulp recipe to include more hardwood. When it restarted the former Enlinga Canada Inc. plant last fall, Scotia Atlantic stated a plan to produce 110,000 to 120,000 metric tons of wood energy pellets annually from hardwood infused pulp as well as wood waste from sawmills. 
Great Northern Timber and Wagner Forest Products, owners of 500,000 hectares of woodland in Colchester, Pictou, and Cumberland counties, are also supplying a Nova Scotia Power biomass boiler at Point Tupper.


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