Viridis Energy’s subsidiary, Scotia Atlantic Biomass Company, has secured a capital investment incentive of about CAD517,520 from the Government of Nova Scotia to upgrade its production facilities.

Scotia Atlantic Biomass will use the incentive to purchase a truck dumper with a 6,200 cubic foot hopper and an Intalogix weigh scale designed to improve the unloading of fiber, increase the types of trucks and sources that can be utilized, and improve the amount of fiber delivered per truck load by about 40%.

The company will also purchase a Destoner to improve the quality of material through the process, enhancing the plant’s productivity and output quality while ensuring less downtime.

Commenting on the incentive award, Viridis Energy CEO Christopher Robertson said since restarting operations late in 2013 in Scotia plant, the company has been implementing process efficiencies that should support full production by the second half of 2014.

"Considering the growing demand for wood pellets in Europe combined with Nova Scotia’s access to transatlantic ports, we are committed to developing our Scotia operations into a key component of Nova Scotia’s economy. We are very appreciative of the ERDT’s support," Robertson said.