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Canfor to upgrade bioenergy capacity in Prince George

December 17, 2012
By BC Hydro

December 17, 2012, Prince George, BC – Canfor Pulp will invest $26 million to upgrade two turbo-generators at its Northwood mill that will add 11 megawatts of capacity to the provincial grid.

The new agreement between BC Hydro and Canfor Pulp, to generate renewable bioenergy will also provide 97 gigawatt hours of electricity supply annually – enough to power more than 8,800 homes. In addition, Canfor’s investment will allow it to reduce its supply requirements from BC Hydro by 17 gigawatt hours a year.

The Northwood turbine upgrade project is expected to be in-service by March 2014.

“With the previous resources provided by Natural Resources Canada and the BC Hydro Integrated Power Offer, this project is the next phase of our plan to demonstrate Canfor Pulp’s continued commitment to maximizing the energy efficiency at our operations and support incremental generation of clean, renewable power,” said Brett Robinson, president, Canfor Pulp.

The agreement was signed under BC Hydro’s Integrated Power Offer: a program for pulp and paper customers that encouraged them to generate additional clean and renewable energy and invest in demand-side management projects.


“Thanks to BC Hydro and Canfor’s creativity and commitment to clean energy and energy conservation, we are able to recognize a unique agreement today: one that supports sustainable energy while also helping to sustain jobs,” added Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training

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