Northern Pulp Receives $28.1 Million for Environmental Performance Projects

Jan. 21, 2011 - Northern Pulp will receive $28.1 million from the federal Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program for three energy and environmental improvement projects at the company's Abercrombie Point pulp mill in Nova Scotia, Canada.

"The federal investment, together with Northern Pulpís capital program, enables the company to move forward with three very important clean-tech projects," Northern Pulp said in a written statement.

First, Northern Pulp is allocating funding to reduce odor emissions from the mill by at least 70 percent. The company said that it is doing detailed engineering on the odor emissions project. Construction will begin this summer and the completion is scheduled for the end of 2011.

Second, as a result of the Green Transformation Program, Northern Pulp is upgrading the millís boiler to make it cleaner and more efficient which helps improve the millís operational efficiencies and environmental performance. Project completion is scheduled for the end of 2011.

Third, Northern Pulp is increasing production of renewable energy from black liquor solids. Both of these projects will be operational after our fall shutdown at the end of 2011, the company said. Project completion is scheduled for the end of 2011.

"The three projects will enhance the environmental, social and competitive impact of Northern Pulpís employees, partners and surrounding community," the company added.

The Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Pulp Mill in Abercrombie Point, Pictou County, Nova Scotia has operated since 1967 and manufactures northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) and has an annual capacity of 275,000 tonnes, primarily for export.

SOURCE: Northern Pulp and Natural Resources Canada