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REPORTING · 29th December 2010
Walter McFarlane
On December 20th, Mayor Joanne Monaghan updated the community on Pytrade. She also thanked Dianne Hewlett for being the frontrunner and Corinne Scott for sharing her retirement experience with the Vancouver Sun.

“During my address, I mentioned many things that we are working on in Kitimat and tonight, I have permission to give you all the information on Pytrade, a company from Germany that I have been working with, almost daily, for about a year and a half ago when they first came and approached Council on this endeavour,” said Monaghan.

Monaghan explained Pytrade is a Biomass Company who wants to use Kitimat as an example for BC for what they can do for a community. They want to give Kitimat 2.5 million dollars worth of pyrolysis machinery.

The heat and energy from the machines will be utilized in a series of greenhouses which will be used to train people in horticulture in conjunction with North West Community College. A local contract for the fresh vegetables which is raised is already in place. It is hoped the project will expand to the First Nation Communities so they can grow produce.

The waste from the logs being shipped out can be used to make bark briquettes. There will also be research into whether or not Pytrade can make cardboard briquettes from cardboard from around the Northwest.

Finally, in conjunction with UNBC and the University of Hamburg, Pytrade is looking at a Biomass Research Facility in Kitimat.

“My Council and I feel that these are all good initiatives for our community and that each segment will be a job creator,” said Monaghan.

She asked anyone with questions to call her.