The Canadian forest and wood group Timberwest is planning to build a 200,000 t pellet works near Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. Nanaimo Daily News quotes Timberwest CEO, Brian Frank, as saying that a final decision on building the facility is to be made in the third quarter of this year. According to Frank, in favour of the location are good access to raw material and links to a deep-water port. If Timberwest decides to go ahead with the CAD60m project, building work is to begin in the fourth quarter of this year. The works would then be able to be put into service in the second half of 2015. Branch and crown wood from forestry operations as well as residues from the surrounding sawmills are to be used as raw material for producing pellets at the works. Timberwest had already held out the prospect of building a pellet works in 2013 without disclosing any specific project details at that time.