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BC Hydro Purchases Clean Power From Zellstoff Celgar
Castlegar, British Columbia, Canada, 16 November 2010 -- BC Hydro is now purchasing clean electricity from the Zellstoff Celgar's Green Energy Project as a result of a series of upgrades that allow the pulp mill to direct more steam to energy production. A new 48-megawatt condensing turbine is now generating electricity for use in the BC Hydro power grid. Once the turbine is fully optimized, the pulp mill will produce enough surplus electricity to power the equivalent of 20,000 homes in British Columbia.

The Zellstoff Celgar mill's cogeneration facility will produce 238 gigawatt hours of electricity annually for sale to BC Hydro under the terms of a 10-year electricity purchase agreement that was completed as part of BC Hydro's Phase 1 Bioenergy Call. The new clean energy generating capacity at the Zellstoff Celgar mill was made possible through a series of upgrades funded by CAD 40 million from Natural Resources Canada's Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program and CAD 17 million from Mercer International, Zellstoff Celgar's parent company.

The investments at the mill include upgrading the wood waste boiler and installing a new condensing turbine and other steam-saving equipment to allow the mill to generate energy in excess of its own needs that it can sell to BC Hydro. The mill generates the steam it uses for its operations by burning wood waste and black liquor, a byproduct of the pulp-making process.

In total, BC Hydro's Phase 1 Bioenergy Call will enable BC Hydro to purchase approximately 579 gigawatt hours annually from four projects. In addition to the electricity purchase agreement with Zellstoff Celgar, BC Hydro has agreements with Canfor Pulp Ltd. Partnership in Prince George; PG Interior to Waste to Energy Ltd. in Prince George; and Domtar Pulp and Paper Product Inc. in Kamloops.


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