PORT ALBERNI, BC, Feb. 28 /CNW/ - Catalyst Paper (TSX: CTL) today
announced $4.7 million in Federal funding approval for a capital
upgrade at its Port Alberni mill. This will improve the efficiency and
reliability of biomass-based energy generation, while further reducing
greenhouse gas and other air emissions. The project is funded entirely
by the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) credits,
earned through production of black liquor at the Crofton pulp operation
The project was endorsed in letters of support from the Hupacasath First
Nation and the Tseshaht First Nation.
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.
"This is a multi-benefit project and a big step forward for the Port
Alberni operation," said Bob Lindstrom, vice-president, supply chain,
energy and information technology. "Energy efficiency tops the list of
the returns we expect from it. At the same time, it will also reduce
environmental impacts and deliver bottom-line benefit from lower fuel
consumption and operating and maintenance costs."
Installation of larger and better-designed air nozzles will result in
more efficient boiler combustion and reduce fuel requirements,
improving operational reliability of the existing equipment. Fewer
economizer outages will reduce the need to use a back-up natural gas
boiler, and the greenhouse gas emissions associated with it.
The combination of more efficient combustion and lower-temperature gas
exiting the boiler will reduce emissions of dioxins and other
substances associated with incomplete combustion. And the new gas
monitoring system will provide ongoing feedback, which operators will
use to continually optimize the performance of the upgraded boiler.
"I would like to congratulate the federal government for investing in
the pulp and paper industry in British Columbia. The forest industry is
the number one industry in this country and Canada is a leader in the
world. We want to keep it that way," said Port Alberni Mayor Ken McRae.
The project requires no new environmental permitting. The biomass that
fuels PB4 is made up mostly of waste wood or "hog fuel", and is
classified as a carbon-neutral fuel under international carbon
accounting protocols and widely accepted standards. Port Alberni's
energy generation is also certified under the federal EcoLogo program.
The PPGTP is a federal program designed to support innovative projects
with environmental and energy benefits in the Canadian pulp and paper
industry. Catalyst qualified for $18 million in PPGTP credits.
Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse specialty printing papers, newsprint
and pulp. Its customers include retailers, publishers and commercial
printers in North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe.
With four mills located in British Columbia and Arizona, Catalyst has a
combined annual production capacity of 1.9 million tonnes. The company
is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada and its common
shares trade on the Toronto Stock Exchange under the symbol CTL.
Catalyst is listed on the Jantzi Social Index® and is also ranked by
Corporate Knights as one of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada.
SOURCE Catalyst Paper Corporation
For further information:
|Lyn Brown |
Vice President, Corporate Relations
| || || || || ||Carlo Dal Monte|
Director, Energy Management