The story began with the formation of the Brokopondo Lake, a result of the construction of the Afobaka Hydro Dam in 1961.
This development resulted in a significant flood plain and submerged a vast swath of tropical forest.
The flooding of this landmass resulted in the submersion of around 50 million cubic meters of precious tropical hardwood trees.
Brokopondo Lake spans an impressive area of approximately 150,000 hectares and contains a plethora of reclaim- able hardwood species.
The lake’s freshwater environment contributes to the preservation of submerged logs, and the wood obtained from these reclaimed logs exhibits exceptional durability.
Today, we take great pride in being the exclusive custodians of this unique natural resource, offering a treasure trove of reclaimable wood.
In 2004, the operation began, marking the commencement of log reclamation from the lake. BWWI achieved a significant milestone in 2005 when it exported its first batch of reclaimed timber to the United States.
At a glance:
Our highly skilled team of divers undertakes the task of carefully exploring the depths of Brokopondo Lake to select and reclaim the finest logs. These logs are then processed in our state-of-the-art Primary and Secondary Processing Facilities located in Suriname and the UAE. Through advanced techniques, we transform them into an array of value-added forest products, including decking, cladding, laminated scantlings, and other high-performance timber products that are distributed globally.
Primary timber species:
Andira, Angelim Pedra, Angelique, Cumaru, Ipe, Jatoba, Marblewood, Mirindiba, Purpleheart, Tatabu, Tatajuba & Wallaba