BC Hydro purchases power from Zellstoff Celgar
December 1, 2010 By Pulp & Paper Canada
CASTLEGAR, B.C. — BC Hydro is now purchasing clean electricity from the Zellstoff Celgar’s Green Energy Project as a result of a series of upgrades that allow the pulp mill to direct more steam to en…
CASTLEGAR, B.C. — BC Hydro is now purchasing clean electricity from the Zellstoff Celgar’s Green Energy Project as a result of a series of upgrades that allow the pulp mill to direct more steam to energy production. A new 48-megawatt condensing turbine is now generating electricity for use in the BC Hydro power grid.
Zellstoff Celgar’s cogeneration facility will produce 238 gigawatt hours of electricity annually for sale to BC Hydro under the terms of a 10-year electricity purchase agreement. The new clean energy generating capacity at the Zellstoff Celgar mill was made possible through a series of upgrades funded by $40 million from Natural Resources Canada’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program and $17 million from Mercer International, Zellstoff Celgar’s parent company.
The investments at the mill include upgrading the wood waste boiler and installing a new condensing turbine and other steam-saving equipment to allow the mill to generate energy in excess of its own needs that it can sell to BC Hydro. The mill generates the steam it uses for its operations by burning wood waste and black liquor, a byproduct of the pulp-making process.
In addition to the electricity purchase agreement with Zellstoff Celgar, BC Hydro has bioenergy agreements with Canfor Pulp in Prince George; PG Interior to Waste to Energy Ltd. in Prince George; and Domtar in Kamloops.
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