Kruger Products Paper Mill supplied
with biomass gasification system
Nexterra Energy Corp. has been selected
by Kruger Products Ltd. to supply
a biomass gasification system for
its tissue mill in New Westminster,
British Columbia. The new system
will be the first of its kind in
the pulp and paper industry.
Nexterra’s gasification system will
convert locally sourced wood residue
into clean burning “syngas” that
will be fired directly into a boiler
in place of natural gas. The Kruger
installation will produce 40,000
lbs/hour of process steam and displace
approximately 445,000 gigajoules
of natural gas annually. This is
equivalent to the amount of natural
gas used to heat 3,500 homes in Canada
for a year.
Displacing this amount of natural
gas with syngas made from wood fuel
will lower the mill’s energy costs
by millions of dollars a year, making
the mill less reliant on fossil fuels.
It will also reduce greenhouse gas
emissions from the plant by more
than 22,000 tons per year.
“Our New Westminster mill is situated
in an urban area, so we needed the
cleanest technology available, and
in a challenging economic climate,
we also needed the most cost-competitive,”
said Frank van Biesen, vice president,
technology, Kruger Products Ltd.
Kruger, Nexterra and FPInnovations
have formed a consortium to build
the new system, the first commercial
demonstration of Nexterra’s direct
fired gasification solution. The
project has received support from
Natural Resources Canada, the British
Columbia Innovative Clean Energy
Fund and Ethanol BC.
Earlier this year, Nexterra announced
the successful completion of a two-year
testing program to confirm that direct
firing of syngas can displace up
to 100 percent of the fossil fuels
in industrial boilers and lime kilns.