Jan. 7, 2011 – Federal funding through the
Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program has been announced for
several pulp mills. Despite signs of recovery in some segments of the forest
sector, there remains a need to find new and more efficient ways of using wood,
wood fibre, and its byproducts. Upgrades will help the mills improve energy and
process efficiency, including bioenergy production.
Irving Paper will receive $10.4 million to
be used for upgrades at two of its mills in Saint John, New Brunswick. The
company will invest $9.1 million of the funding in a heat recovery project at
its facility in Saint John to improve the energy efficiency of the facility.
The remaining $1.3 million will go toward a steam reduction project at the
Irving pulp and paper mill at Reversing Falls to make more effective use of
waste heat from various processes within the mill.
The Twin Rivers Paper Company Inc.’s mill
in Edmundston, New Brunswick, will receive $21 million to be used for upgrades
that will improve the mill’s environmental performance while producing enough
thermal energy to heat more than 1,200 homes.
Alberta Pacific Forest Industries’ mill in
Boyle, Alberta, will receive $62.9 million to be used for upgrades that will
improve the mill’s energy efficiency and allow it to provide Alberta’s power
grid with enough renewable electricity to power 8,400 homes.
Cariboo’s pulp mill in Quesnel, British
Columbia, will receive $41.5 million to be used for upgrades that will help
improve the mill’s environmental performance, leading to reduced reliance on
natural gas and power consumption.
Domtar’s Kamloops, British Columbia, mill
will receive $17.3 million to be used for upgrades that will improve the mill’s
energy efficiency and create enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent
of more than 6,600 homes.
Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership’s Canfor
Northwood Pulp Mill in Prince George, British Columbia, will receive $100.2
million for three major equipment upgrades that will improve the mill’s energy
efficiency. These improvements are expected to reduce odour, improve steam
recovery, and reduce the mill’s consumption of natural gas.