We’ve recently launched some pretty exciting projects at our operations in Thunder Bay, Ontario. These major investments will help us to make better use of the fiber we work with every day, as well as make us more competitive in the marketplace. Here’s an inside look into the top 3 coolest projects on the go in Thunder Bay.
1 – PULP & PAPER MILL POWER ISLAND
In May 2013, we inaugurated a major power island consisting of an upgraded wood waste boiler and a new 65-megawatt condensing turbine. The turbine uses steam to generate clean, renewable power for the province of Ontario, greatly reducing our impact on the environment. The installation of the power island represented a capital project of $65 million – a worthwhile investment, considering the reduced waste and decreased energy costs. We were pleased to have the support of the Ontario Government’s Forest Sector Prosperity Fund, and from the Canadian Government’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program.
Photo caption: Our new condensing turbine
2 – BIOMASS RECOVERY
We wanted to make sure we were getting the most out of forest residuals and unused hardwoods that don’t go into our papermaking process. So, we channeled these materials to our biomass boilers at our pulp and paper mill. This project was made possible through cooperative research on biomass supply, recovery and quality. The research was carried out in partnership with Lakehead University, Confederation College, Ontario Power Generation and FP Innovations. The biomass recovery effort also involved investments in new equipment such as grinders and micro-chippers, and improved harvest contractor operations.
Photo caption: A biomass recovery operation
3 – THUNDER BAY SAWMILL PELLET PLANT
Construction of our new wood pellet plant, a $10 million dollar investment, is well underway. The plant will convert sawdust – a residual material from lumber manufacturing – into wood pellets, a reliable source of renewable energy. In addition to further diversifying our assets and gaining valuable experience in producing wood pellets, the project is creating new jobs and improving the viability of our Thunder Bay sawmill – and that’s good news for the whole community.
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