Raw material markets for biomass power plants and wood pellet mills are spotty here at the end of third quarter. Competition for biomass is less intense through most of the region compared to the previous quarter, though some spot market activity is mildly overheated.
Wood pellet producers find hardwood roundwood and chip procurement a challenge, with competition from hungry pulp mills. Unsteadiness and high prices in the Northeast's wood markets can be attributed mainly to dicey weather, supply infrastructure weakness, and competitive cross currents.Read more
Despite volatile markets for chips and pulp logs in the US Pacific Northwest region, biomass and pellet-grade wood seem to be in adequate to strong supply at the end of third quarter. Generally, biomass volumes are strong, while pellet-grade wood is a bit tighter.
"For hog fuel, we have not had any changes," a major supplier said. "The summer beauty bark season is ending and the demand for hog fuel will increase with colder weather."Read more
TOKYO, Aug 1, 2014 (Press Release) - Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited (hereinafter, JP) has launched a wood-based biomass energy generation venture in a joint capital investment with New Energy Development Company Limited.Read more
Rising woodfiber demand of all types this summer, along with wet weather along the coast, have conspired to bring incremental pressure to South Atlantic biomass markets.
Since the second quarter, sources pointed to cumulative higher demand from multiple wood sectors including OSB and export pellets as well as traditional pulpwood and chips. All this, plus seasonal concerns over summer hurricanes, leaves buyers wrestling with fragile supply chains, many too weak to meet all the competing fiber orders.Read more
Overall wood availability in the Lake States tightened during the first half of the year, due to a convergence of weather and infrastructure issues. Impacts are worst for roundwood markets, and extend – though not as severely -- into sawmill residuals for pellet production.
Biomass markets were stressed in late winter as brutal conditions shut down in-woods operations. However, warming weather, a recent drying trend, and seasonally lower hog fuel consumption have taken some pressure off of markets.Read more
TOKYO, Aug. 1, 2014 (Press Release) -Japan Pulp and Paper Company Limited (hereinafter, JP) has decided to launch a new wood-based biomass energy generation venture in a joint capital investment with New Energy Development Company Limited.Read more
US South Central biomass prices were broadly stable in the second quarter, despite “some wiggles” over the period.
Areas along the Gulf Coast experienced weather that was wetter than elsewhere in the region, causing some in-woods supply-side disruptions. Across the entire South, however, seasonal pulp and paper mill outages lowered hog fuel demand over the quarter.
All-in-all, in-woods fuel wood prices were steady. For the near term, any future price changes, as always, depend on summer weather, contacts agreed.Read more