Catalyst Paper Begins Energy-related Projects at Mills in British Columbia

March 1, 2011 - Catalyst Paper will spend $4.7 million in federal funding for an energy-related project at its Port Alberni mill and use $13.3 million in federal funding for a new green-energy project at its Powell River mill.

Both mills are located in British Columbia, Canada.

Funding for the projects comes from Canada's Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP).

The Port Alberni project is aimed at improving the mill's efficiency and reliability of biomass-based energy generation, while further reducing greenhouse gas and other air emissions.

The project involves three upgrades to the main power boiler (PB4): a new secondary air system, a larger “economizer” or heat-exchange system, and a new gas monitoring system. Due to time requirements for component manufacture, work will not begin until late in the year, but is expected to be completed during an extended annual boiler maintenance shutdown planned for October.

The Powell River project will involve new waste-wood handling equipment, a sand recycling system and other upgrades to an existing power boiler (PB19), and installation of a steam condenser on the generator (G12).

Work is underway at Powell River and expected to be completed within approximately 12 months.

At Port Alberni, work will not begin until late in the year, but is expected to be completed during an extended annual boiler maintenance shutdown planned for October.

SOURCE: Natural Resources Canada, ForestTalk