April 10, 2015 - The federal government has announced that it will be investing $10 million in a project with Cascades Inc.'s Norampac-Cabano mill in the Lower St. Lawrence region of Quebec that will enable the mill to commercialize a first-in-Canada technology to extract hemicellulose from hardwood chips, which can be used in various applications, including biofuels.
The project was funded by Natural Resources Canada’s (NRCan) Investments in Forest Industry Transformation (IFIT) program.
As a result of this investment, as well as a $4.4-million investment from the Government of Quebec, the mill will diversify its product line. Norampac will continue to manufacture container board at the facility, as it has done since 1976.
The announcement of the funding was made by Jacques Gourde, Parliamentary Secretary to the Prime Minister for Official Languages and for the Economic Development Agency of Canada for the Regions of Quebec and MP for Lotbinière–Chutes-de-la-Chaudière, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources.
“Our government is proud to support innovative projects like this one that will provide economic benefits to local communities,” said Gourde. “This new process may be replicable by other pulp mills across Canada over time, providing other mills the opportunity to increase productivity and competitiveness.”