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2010/08 (a)

Backgrounder

Government of Canada Supporting Environmental Improvements at Celgar Pulp Mill


The Government of Canada’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program is laying the groundwork for a greener, more sustainable future for Canada’s pulp and paper sector by supporting innovation and investments in energy efficiency and renewable energy production technologies.

The Green Energy Project is the first project to be funded under the Green Transformation Program.

The Zellstoff Celgar Pulp Mill is one of Canada’s largest and most modern kraft pulp mills. Following an acquisition by Mercer International in 2005, the Celgar Pulp Mill has focused on green energy production and energy efficiency.

The Green Energy Project has three components: steam-saving “pinch” projects that will improve the mill’s energy efficiency, a power boiler upgrade and the installation of a new 48 MW condensing turbine. These components are designed to enhance the Celgar mill’s existing infrastructure in order to take advantage of waste heat, increase the production of steam from wood waste and increase capacity to generate bio-energy.

In addition to enhanced energy efficiency and increased production of renewable energy from forest biomass, the project is expected to yield a number of environmental benefits, including reduced greenhouse gas emissions and sulphur dioxide emissions.

The surrounding community will also benefit from the Green Energy Project. Approximately 145 full-time–equivalent jobs will be created in the region over the next seven months to help ensure the infrastructure upgrades are completed by late 2010. These upgrades will result in reduced odour and noise, as well as improved safety for mill employees by eliminating the need for manual ash removal.

Thirty-eight pulp and paper mills across Canada representing 24 companies generated credits under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program. The program is working with these companies as they prepare their project proposals and as projects undergo environmental assessments.

Eligible firms can invest their credits in any of their pulp and paper facilities across Canada.

More details about the program and its eligibility requirements are available at http://cfs.nrcan.gc.ca/subsite/pulp-paper-green-transformation.


Media may contact:

Margaux Stastny
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

or

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media/index-eng.php.