Green Transformation Fund Projects
June 1, 2010 By Pulp & Paper Canada
KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Domtar Corp. will proceed with two projects to improve energy conservation, increase renewable power generation and reduce particulate emissions at its Kamloops, B.C., pulp mill. The…
KAMLOOPS, B.C. — Domtar Corp. will proceed with two projects to improve energy conservation, increase renewable power generation and reduce particulate emissions at its Kamloops, B.C., pulp mill. The capital investment of $57.6 million will be entirely funded by credits received from the Government of Canada’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program.
“The funding for these projects, together with support from BC Hydro’s Integrated Power Offer for industrial customers, was instrumental for Domtar in moving forward with these important improvements,” said Eric Ashby, general manager of the Domtar Kamloops mill.
The first phase of work related to these projects is expected to begin in late May 2010, during the mill’s annual maintenance shutdown. The air emissions improvement plan proposes two mill-level stacks for wood-burning power boilers.
Domtar was allocated credits totaling $143 million dollars under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program. It owns and operates four pulp and paper mills in Canada, all eligible for this program.
PORT MELLON, B.C. — The Howe Sound Pulp and Paper mill in Port Mellon, B.C., will receive funding under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) for its evaporator capacity increase project. This project will allow the mill to improve its environmental performance by increasing its energy efficiency and production of renewable energy. The mill plans to invest in a series of upgrades to its evaporator to redirect more steam for the production of electricity and to realize overall efficiencies in the equipment’s operation. By augmenting its renewable energy production, the mill is reducing its reliance on natural gas, which will lead to a reduction in greenhouse gas emissions. The upgrades are also expected to produce an excess of 8,200 megawatt-hours of electrical power — enough energy to power 800 homes a year — which the mill plans to sell to BC Hydro.
“The future of Howe Sound, and the Canadian pulp and paper industry, is closely tied to improved energy efficiency and increased renewable energy production,” said Mac Palmiere, president and CEO of Howe Sound Pulp and Paper. “The Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program provides us with a golden opportunity to make investments that will help improve our performance in both of these key areas.”
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