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CHIP SUPPLY

 

In the world of pulp and paper, it all begins with the chips.  Our chips are a by-product of BC's logging and sawmill industry.  In order to have maximum control over our product, we buy our chips by tree species.  Chips from softwood trees such as Western Red Cedar, Western Hemlock, Douglas Fir, White Spruce, and Lodgepole Pine are transported to our mill by barge or truck.

The majority of our chips arrive by barge.  When it is time to unload them, a tug will position the barge in one of our two unloading berths.  A front end loader will then drive onto the barge, pick up a bucket full of chips, reverse just off the barge, and drop the load through a grate at the end of the dock.

 

This grate leads to the conveyors that move the chips to one of four large chip piles where they will be stored.  The hemlock, coastal fir, and cedar is stored in individual piles, while the spruce, pine, and interior fir (SPF) are kept together as a mixture.

When the chips are needed, a reclaimer (basically a long platform with shovels) moves around the top of the pile pushing the chips into a stacker which feeds the conveyor belt leading to the chip screening building.


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