Alberni Valley logging trucks could soon be powered by wood-waste according to a lower mainland business cooperative.
Eco Options CEO David Swan told city council last week he’s looking at the Link Mill site and other areas around the valley to build a facility that turns woodwaste, branches and stumps into biodiesel that go straight into the fuel tanks of transport trucks.
He said the process will turn 90,000 tonnes of fibre into 27 million litres of fuel, and create 150 to 200 jobs including bringing in 50 people from the Alberta energy sector.
Swan told city council he’ll be looking for $170 million in community support through green bonds.
Swan recognizes past similar projects that failed to pan out like the CanTimber BioChar project, might make some reluctant to embrace bio fuels.
He plans to organize consultation meetings over the next few months to promote the project and gauge acceptance