Significant plantation growth began in Australia in the 1960s and Australia’s plantation industry has now exceeded 1.9 million hectares of sustainably managed blue gum and pine plantation estates.
Pine plantations are harvested several times during their 25-35 year life-cycle and produce a range of products including paper, house framing and sawn timber. Hardwoods, predominately Eucalypts, now represent approximately 50% of all plantation estates in Australia and make up the bulk of all new areas planted since the late 1990s. These are harvested on a 10-12 year cycle for pulp wood.
With these sustainably managed plantations now reaching their harvesting cycle PEA has negotiated long term supply agreements for non-commercial residues to match its production of energy wood pellets.