May 20, 2010
by PLANT STAFF
HINTON, Alta: West Fraser Timber is getting $15 million for credits earned under the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program (PPGTP) for its Pressure Diffusion Washer Project.
The Vancouver-based forestry company said the installation of a pressure diffusion washer will make the pulping process more efficient by reducing water consumption and the amount of natural gas used, and redirecting more steam for the production of clean energy.
Steam savings gained through this project will translate into 3,580 megawatt-hours of additional energy a year—enough to power the equivalent of 2,800 homes. Overall, West Fraser expects to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by more than 7,000 tonnes a year.
West Fraser Timber is one of 24 pulp and paper companies across Canada that qualified for credits under the $1-billion program, based on their 2009 production levels of black liquor, a liquid by-product of the pulping process used to generate heat and power.
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