|Abitibi-Consolidated to build biomass energy generator
Abitibi-Consolidated Inc. announ-ced an investment of $84.3 million in a new biomass energy generator to be located at its Fort Frances, Ontario pulp and paper mill. Construction is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2007, and the generator is anticipated to be in operation during the fall of 2008.
The equipment will use renewable, cost-effective fuel from wood waste to generate steam and 45.5 MW of electricity for the mill. The new biomass boiler will burn mill-generated wood waste and primary sludge, as well as harvest slash from woodlands operations and wood waste from area sawmills.
The Government of Ontario provided a significant contribution to the project through the Forest Sector Prosperity Fund. The municipality of Fort Frances provided great support at every phase of the project, notably facilitating the necessary zoning changes.
The Fort Frances mill annually produces 285,000 tons of commercial printing papers and 116,000 tons of market kraft pulp. The mill employs 650 people, while 350 individuals are contracted for its woodlands operations.