Sustainable Wood Production
Vegetation-dense tropical forests like those in the Congo Basin suck up more carbon dioxide than they emit, earning them the title of ‘carbon sinks’.
According to Professor Lee White Minister of Water, Forests, the Sea, and Environment of Gabon –
“Selective logging can encourage more carbon capture in the long run than no logging at all because it allows light to reach the forest floor, which in turn stimulates more tree growth.
If they reduce the amount of logging they do over 25 years, we might actually end up having less carbon stored than we would have had had we done more classic selective logging,”
Our production facilities include:
- 13 hectare sawmill site in Gabon
- 5 hectare veneer factory
- 5 hectare bush-mill in Mozambique
In Gabon, both processing sites are within 70km of our approximately 100,000 hectares of forestry concessions, which are issued for a 20 year term and are valid until 2036, renewable thereafter. Mouila is 430km by tarmac road from the port of Libreville, from which we export.
The sawmill is equipped with new Shenyang vertical bandsaws purchased in 2019 which are complemented by new Mebor and Woodmizer edgers, purchased in 2018 and 2019. The veneer factory which opened at the end of 2018 is equipped with a full Cremona peeling and drying line and a new custom-built heating system.
In Mozambique, our 10 hectare sawmill site located in Nampula opened in 2018 and is equipped with new Woodmiser breakdown saws and edgers. Nampula is centrally located between our approximately 300,000 hectares of 25-50 year forestry concessions and the deep water port of Nacala, from which we export.
New Techdri kilns with a capacity of 1000m3 were installed at the sawmill during 2019 meaning that all processing now takes place onsite.