Open Country Acquires Wood Pellet Manufacturer
Open Country has taken an exciting step to move forward in our journey of environmental sustainability and has acquired Nature’s Flame, New Zealand’s largest wood pellet manufacturer.
In an effort to reduce Open Country’s greenhouse gas emissions, we are actively working to convert the coal-fired boilers used in our dairy processing plants to sustainable energy sources when it’s economically viable. Wood pellets, manufactured from sawmill and other timber manufacturing waste and by-products, offer a viable alternative.
Owning Nature’s Flame is the best way to future-proof Open Country’s supply of these planet-helping pellets. It also enables us to support Nature’s Flame’s expansion. As demand increases in our dairy business, and in the businesses of other eco-friendly customers, Open Country will shoulder the responsibility of increasing Nature’s Flame output. We’ll make sure users of this clean fuel have the supply they need.
Nature’s Flame was established in 2003 in Rolleston, Christchurch. In 2010, it opened the largest wood pellet mill in the Southern Hemisphere in Taupō. In 2015, Norske Skog acquired the Taupō operation and increased manufacturing capacity from 20,000 to 90,000 tonnes per year. Nature’s Flame is an award-winning business and has obtained DINplus certification – the global benchmark for quality wood pellet fuel.