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Construction now underway on Pinnacle pellet terminal in Prince Rupert

Crews prepare for the first pour of concrete for the silos at the terminal. - Contributed
Crews prepare for the first pour of concrete for the silos at the terminal.
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Construction is now underway of the Pinnacle Renewable Energy pellet export terminal in Prince Rupert.

"We've done our first pour for the first silo and things are starting to gain some momentum here," said Pinnacle Renewable Energy president and COO Leroy Reitsma, noting that the first pour took place on Oct. 31.

"Weather dependent, I think we're going to make a good run for the next couple of months...At this point in time we're starting the crews up as construction progresses. We've got concrete crews on site today along with some excavating crews and we anticipate sheet metal work to begin in about three weeks."

Along with the silos for the terminal, to be located at the old Westview Terminal site along the harbour, Reitsma said Pinnacle will have some track re-alignment work to do as well. But the first pour is just the inaugural step in a construction project that will take almost a year to complete.

"We're looking for the first handling of product to take place around next September," said Reitsma.

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