Prince George, British Columbia, Canada 07 July 2010 -- (Marketwire) -- Canfor Pulp Limited Partnership is improving its environmental performance and contributing to a more sustainable pulp and paper industry in Canada with help from a CAD 15.6-million investment by the government of Canada. Canfor Pulp's Prince George pulp and paper mill will receive funding under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) for two capital improvement projects that will raise renewable energy production and improve local air quality.
"Investing in green technologies that improve environmental performance and increase renewable energy production is an important step in the evolution of Canada's pulp and paper sector," said the Honourable Stockwell Day, president of the Treasury Board of Canada and Minister for the Asia-Pacific Gateway.
To produce more electricity from black liquor - a liquid by-product of the pulping process used to generate heat and power - part of the PPGTP funding will go toward the installation of two new pipelines between Canfor Pulp's Prince George and Intercontinental mills. The facilities already share a number of transfer pipes that help the mills streamline their production processes.
The remainder of the funding will go toward reducing mill odour emissions in the surrounding community by 60%. The mill will install a dilute noncondensable gases (DNCG) system, which will lower the level of odor-causing sulphur vapors in the local air shed.
The project is expected to be completed in the second quarter of next year. When complete, the new technology will lower total reduced sulfur (TRS) by 60%, which will be a significant improvement in the quality of Prince George's air.
Canfor Pulp is one of 24 pulp and paper companies across Canada that qualified for credits under the CAD 1-billion program, based on their 2009 production levels of black liquor.