Canadian Biomass Magazine

Kruger lowers emissions with precipitator

November 25, 2016
By Kruger Inc.

Nov. 25, 2016 - Kruger Inc. unveiled the initial air emissions measurement results for its Wayagamack Mill since commissioning a new electrostatic precipitator there last June. The new equipment, installed at the Mill's biomass boiler at a cost of $4.5 million, has already cut the boiler's particulate matter emissions by 85 per cent.

This improvement is consistent with the results achieved with a previous electrostatic precipitator installed on the mill’s recovery boiler’s flue gas scrubbing system. That project had been completed in 2012 at a cost of $3.5 million.

Overall, the combined effect of both precipitators has resulted in a 75 per cent drop in the Wayagamack Mill’s particulate emissions.

Since 2012, Kruger Inc. has invested approximately $10 million in its two paper mills in Trois-Rivières to make technological improvements that help the environment.

“Kruger continually invests in its facilities to lessen the impact of its operations on the environment, while ensuring the sustainability of its plants and therefore preserving quality jobs in the region,” says François D’Amours, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kruger Publication Papers Inc.


Both mills have significantly reduced their fossil fuel consumption by prioritizing the use of energy from renewable resources, which has led to a marked decrease in their GHG emissions, so much so that the mill on Gene H. Kruger Boulevard is no longer considered a major greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter.

From 2008 to 2013, the combined GHG emissions from the Trois-Rivières and Wayagamack Mills fell from 182,271 T to 58,478 T, which is the equivalent of taking some 26,000 cars off the road annually.

Founded in 1904, Kruger Inc. is a major producer of publication papers, tissue products, containerboard and packaging made from recycled fibres, renewable energy, cellulosic biomaterials, and wines and spirits. The Company is also a leader in paper and paperboard recycling in North America. Kruger Inc. has facilities in Québec, Ontario, British Columbia, and Newfoundland and Labrador, as well as in Tennessee, Maine, New York, Virginia and Rhode Island in the United States.

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