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Tolko invests Green Transformation funds in power and recovery boilers (October 18, 2010)


October 18, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Tolko Industries’ kraft paper mill in The Pas, Manitoba, will receive $2.26 million in funding under the Pulp …

Tolko Industries’ kraft paper mill in The Pas, Manitoba, will receive $2.26 million in funding under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) to improve the mill’s energy efficiency and increase renewable energy production. The alterations to the power and recovery boilers will promote better fuel combustion.

“Our support for these projects will help Tolko replace its fossil fuel consumption with renewable energy,” said the Honourable Vic Toews, Minister of Public Safety.

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The new equipment will increase the production of thermal energy from wood waste, and black liquor, by close to 114,000 gigajoules a year – enough energy for 2,650 households. This increase will reduce the mill’s need to use fossil fuels to compensate for renewable energy shortfalls – lowering The Pas mill’s greenhouse gas emissions by around 10,000 tonnes per year.

By reinforcing its environmental stewardship, Tolko is better able to meet market demands for sustainably manufactured pulp and paper products. “We thank the government for actively supporting the pulp and paper industry’s advancement in applying green technologies,” said Bob Snow, technical manager, Tolko’s Manitoba Kraft Papers Division. “These Green Transformation Program projects will provide both environmental and socio-economic benefits for our employees and our community.”

Tolko is one of 24 pulp and paper companies across Canada that qualified for credits under the $1-billion program, based on their 2009 production levels of black liquor, a liquid by-product of the pulping process used to generate heat and power.


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