Canfor Pulp to invest C$26M to upgrade two turbo-generators at its Northwood mill in Prince George, British Columbia, will be able to reduce supply from BC Hydro by 17 gWh/year
PRINCE GEORGE, British Columbia
December 17, 2012
– BC Hydro and Canfor Pulp today announced a new agreement to generate clean, renewable bioenergy at the Northwood mill in Prince George that will enhance the viability of the facility that employs about 470 people.
Canfor will invest $26 million to upgrade two turbo-generators at the mill that will add 11 megawatts of capacity to the provincial grid and provide 97 gigawatt hours of electricity supply annually – enough to power more than 8,800 homes. In addition, Canfor’s investment will allow it to reduce its supply requirements from BC Hydro by 17 gigawatt hours a year.
Hon. Rich Coleman, Minister of Energy, Mines and Natural Gas:
“Investing in clean energy makes sense for B.C. industry. We are in a unique position in B.C., where we can supplement our supply of hydro-electricity with clean biomass energy that also benefits our forestry sector.”
Hon. Pat Bell, Minister of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training:
“Thanks to BC Hydro and Canfor’s creativity and commitment to clean energy and energy conservation, we are able to recognize a unique agreement today: one that supports sustainable energy while also helping to sustain jobs.”
Hon. Shirley Bond, MLA, Prince George-Valemount:
“I welcome this agreement as great news for our region. Building on partnerships in our energy and forest sectors is key to creating and keeping good, quality jobs in B.C. The agreement provides a secondary revenue stream for the mill while also offering significant operating cost reductions through energy conservation.”
Brett Robinson, President, Canfor Pulp:
"With the previous resources provided by Natural Resources Canada and the BC Hydro Integrated Power Offer, this project is the next phase of our plan to demonstrate Canfor Pulp’s continued commitment to maximizing the energy efficiency at our operations and support incremental generation of clean, renewable power.”