By Cindy Macdonald
Catalyst Paper’s Powell River mill has won the Canadian Industry Program for Energy Conservation (CIPEC) Leadership Award. Powell River was recognized in the category of Energy Performance Management in recognition of its successful installation of the G13 turbine.
The G13 turbine, which was installed in 2015, converts waste steam to electricity, increasing the mill’s power output by 8 megawatts, enough to power almost 7,000 homes. The $24 million project was developed in partnership with BC Hydro and was completed in the fall of 2015.
“This award recognizes the tremendous efforts of our team to reduce costs, create efficiency and support our commitment to environmental sustainability,” said Fred Chinn, vice-president and general manager, Powell River mill. “It’s a critical part of our effort to revitalize the mill for the future to ensure our long-term sustainability.”
Award recipients were selected by the Industry Division of Natural Resources Canada’s Office of Energy Efficiency. G13 was selected because it demonstrates achievements in energy efficiency and environmental stewardship, and is well aligned with the Government of Canada’s commitment to advancing its clean growth agenda.
“I would like to commend Catalyst Paper on their CIPEC Leadership Award. Their innovative Powell River Mill project demonstrates how new technologies help reduce the environmental impacts of energy production and output,” said Kim Rudd, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Natural Resources.
The award was presented on May 17 at an awards dinner in Niagara Falls, Ont., as part of the Energy Summit 2016 conference.
Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse printing papers and market pulp at five mills across North America.