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Coastal Paper to Supplement Natural Gas With Renewable Energy at Facility in Mississippi
Wiggins, Mississippi, USA, 27 September 2006 -- /PRNewswire/ -- Coastal Paper Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cellu Tissue Holdings, Inc., announced today it has signed a 15-year energy supply agreement with Intrinergy, a leading company for renewable energy for industrial customers, to obtain steam and part of its electricity for its facility in Wiggins, Stone County, Mississippi.

Under the agreement, Intrinergy will provide the facility with up to 50,000 pounds of steam per hour by supplying synthesis gas to displace the use of natural gas in major portions of Coastal Paper's manufacturing processes. Intrinergy will also supply up to 1 megawatt of base load electricity to the facility.

"At a time of volatile natural gas prices, this agreement will ensure our access to a predictable supply and price for steam to keep our products competitive. For example, the price of natural gas on the futures market surged by 14% in just one day last July as a result of the nationwide heat wave and uncertainties in energy supplies. By displacing natural gas with renewable synthesis gas generated onsite by our energy partner, Intrinergy, we will maximize our competitiveness by securing our energy supply at a predictable price," said Russ Taylor, chief executive officer of Cellu Tissue.

The agreement provides that Intrinergy will build, own, and operate an approximately USD 10.5 million state-of-the-art gasification unit at the Coastal Paper facility to convert biomass such as wood and other agricultural materials into steam and electrical power.

"The economic savings and environmental benefits we see possible for companies like Coastal Paper and communities like Stone County, Mississippi, demonstrate the power of doing traditional things in non-traditional ways," said John Keppler, chief executive officer of Intrinergy. "We've taken a combined heat and power solution and added a unique component -- renewable energy, which can be sustainably fueled with local resources from right here in the state of Mississippi. It's a model we hope to replicate with forward-thinking companies across the country and around the world."

Keppler said he expects the Intrinergy unit to be operational by the third quarter of 2007 and that Intrinergy would have up to eight employees at the site and another 10 for feedstock processing.

About the companies

Coastal Paper manufactures and markets a variety of specialty tissue hard rolls used in the manufacture of various end products, including facial and bath tissue, and assorted paper towels and napkins. In addition, Cellu Tissue, at its other locations throughout North America, manufactures and markets machine-glazed paper used in food wraps and produces a variety of converted tissue products. Cellu Tissue's customers include major North American producers of branded and unbranded disposable consumer absorbent and tissue products for the personal and health care markets; consumer and away-from-home tissue products companies; national and regional tissue products distributors; and third-party converters who sell their products to food, bakery, and confections companies.

Intrinergy brings the power of leading renewable energy technologies to lower energy costs and improve the environmental profile of its customers. Intrinergy designs, builds, and operates gasification facilities that convert biomass feedstock into a clean-burning synthesis gas that can be used to generate heat, steam or electricity, thus offering an environmentally friendly, less costly alternative to fossil fuels. Intrinergy is based in Richmond, Virginia. For more information, visit http://www.intrinergy.com/.

Source: Intrinergy

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