Logistics and operations simulation of logging debris supply for bioenergy production

Logging operations in British Columbia produce an estimated 15.5 megatonnes per year (MT/yr) (oven dry basis) of forest residues. Traditionally this logging slash has been piled and burnt on site. Due to the rising concerns around climate change and increasing demand for energy, these harvest residuals are becoming a desirable fuel source for sustainable bioenergy production. However, due to the logistical complexities, high cost, and fossil fuel intensity of collection and transportation, careful planning is necessary to provide these fuels to local energy facilities in an economically feasible and environmentally benign manner. This research proposes the optimal procurement strategy for delivering 100 000 Bone Dry Tonnes (BDT’s) per year of harvest residuals to a 112 megawatt (MW) Howe Sound Pulp and Paper power facility located near Vancouver, BC. A new transportation and logistics simulation model has been developed which implements high resolution real data from the supply operations in the region.

Faculty Supervisor:

Dr. Warren Mabee, Dr. Gary Bull


Saeed Ghafghazi





Construction and infrastructure


University of British Columbia



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