Harmac pulp mill begins supplying energy to local grid in British Columbia after boiler upgrade

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Harmac pulp mill begins supplying energy to local grid in British Columbia after boiler upgrade

August 22, 2013 - 14:01
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NANAIMO, BC, Aug. 19, 2013 (CBC) - The Harmac pulp mill has begun feeding power from its new $45-million electrical generation plant to B.C. Hydro, creating a second major revenue source to the Nanaimo mill for the first time in its more than 50-year history.

The project marks the final phase of the five-year initiative begun by Nanaimo Forest Products, Harmac's owners since 2008, to engage in major projects to upgrade the aging mill's systems and make its operations as green as possible.

Since its takeover by NFP, a four-way partnership that includes Harmac workers and three private partners, the mill has seen investments of more than $100 million in capital projects through government grants and its own funding to improve efficiencies and reduce its carbon footprint.

Nanaimo Daily News/CBC - Harmac begins pumping power into B.C. Hydro electrical grid