Kremmling wood-pellet plant operating
August 14, 2008
Colorado’s first wood-pellet mill started producing product Monday, Confluence Energy CEO Mark Mathis said.
“It was actually fairly smooth,” he said. “We ran all the way through the night. Everything’s working really well.”
The plant received its certificate of occupancy from Grand County last week before beginning to create “Eco-Flame Pellets.”
Mathis has invested $8 million to $10 million into the operation, he said.
Pellets are becoming more popular because of rising fossil fuel prices and the clean burn pellets give versus firewood. It also will reduce pollution, Mathis said.
“The normal pellet stove is five times cleaner than the cleanest wood stove.”
Confluence Energy Pellet Plant will hire 25 people and create an additional 50 logging and truck driving jobs, he said.
Construction began on the south edge of Kremmling in late November. The plant produces wood pellets for home heating pellet stoves, commercial and industrial heating applications.
Loads of fuel has been delivered to the mill by the truckload, and piles of logs are stacked at the site. Beetle-killed trees are the feed stock the plant uses to make the wood pellets, Mathis added.
The mill plans to operate about 300 days per year. It will offer three grades of pellets: standard, premium and super premium. The difference among the three is ash content.
Standard grade pellets contain up to 3 percent ash, premium grade less than 1 percent, and super premium less than 0.5 percent.
In Kremmling, Ghostwood Frontiers and Northwest Ranch Supply will offer pellets by the bag.
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