Canadian pulp and paper mill adds biomass energy production

By Erin Voegele | May 29, 2019

The Canadian government has announced it will invest $13.8 million in Kruger Inc. to support two projects, including one that will allow the company’s Corner Brook, Newfoundland, location to produce biomass energy.

Kruger, founded in 1904 and based in Montreal, is a fourth-generation family company that currently operates 13 production facilities across Canada and owns 38 green energy power plants. The company converts wood resources into sustainable, high-quality products, such as newsprint and specialty paper.

Its Corner Brook plant is the last pulp and paper mill in Newfoundland and Labrador. A portion of the $13.8 million investment from Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada will support the installation of a new system at the Corner Brook plant to dry low-quality biomass and use it to produce energy for the facility, reducing the use of fossil fuels.

The investment will also support a project in Brompton, Quebec, to implement a state-of-the-art facility to produce a first-of-its-kind, biodegradable, 100 percent recycled paper approved for direct food contact.

The Canadian government predicts its investment will allow Kruger to avoid burning 48,000 barrels of oil each year and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions by 25,000 tons annually.