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Thurso mill will sell biomass-based electricity to Hydro Quebec


May 7, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada
Fortress Paper plans to generate electricity from biomass at the Thurso pulp mill

Fortress Paper Ltd. has signed an energy supply agreement with Hydro Quebec for the sale of green electricity …

Fortress Paper Ltd. has signed an energy supply agreement with Hydro Quebec for the sale of green electricity to be produced at the company’s Thurso, Que. mill upon completion of a biomass-based cogeneration facility.
Under the agreement, Fortress Specialty Cellulose, a subsidiary of Fortress Paper, will construct a cogeneration facility to provide net 18.8 megawatts of green power to Hydro Quebec over a 15 year term. Deliveries are expected to begin in the fourth quarter of 2012.
The co-generation facility is an important component of Fortress Paper’s plans for the mill, which it purchased from insolvent Fraser Papers earlier this year.
The agreement is subject to final approval by the Regie de l’energie in Quebec which is expected to be received in the third quarter of 2010.
Fortress Paper is an international producer of security and specialty papers. The company’s pulp business currently includes NBHK produced at Thurso, although it has plans to convert this facility to dissolving pulp production.

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