Millar Western to Build Bioenergy Plant at Its Whitecourt Pulp Mill

Millar Western will build a $42 million bioenergy facility at its Whitecourt pulp mill in Alberta, Canada.

Sept. 4, 2012 - Millar Western Forest Products said that it will move ahead with construction of a $42 million bioenergy facility at its bleached chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp (BCTMP) mill at Whitecourt, Alberta, Canada.

The project will involve integration of anaerobic hybrid digesters (AHDs) into the BCTMP millís existing aerobic effluent treatment system.

The AHD units will recover organic material from the pulp millís effluent stream and convert it to a biogas, Millar Western said.

After conditioning, the biogas will be used to fuel reciprocating engines to generate 5.2 megawatts of renewable energy for use by the companyís pulp operations, Millar Western added.

All required regulatory approvals are now in place, allowing the project to proceed immediately, the company said.

Construction will begin in this month, with start-up slated for late 2013.

The project will not disrupt pulp or lumber production at the companyís Whitecourt facilities, Millar Western said.

SOURCE: Millar Western Forest Products Ltd.