Harmac president Levi Sampson said work is well underway on the new $45-million electrical-generation plant at the mill, with the completion date scheduled for June of 2013.
Employment from the building project is currently providing 85 full-time construction and other technical jobs.Read more
Sampson said not only would the city avoid the costs, estimated to be more than $65 million, of building a new dam and storage lake as part of its water strategy, the environmental benefits of not having to flood a valley and install intrusive infrastructure in almost pristine natural areas south of the city would be "substantial."Read more
Harmac president Levi Sampson said the possible loss of Catalyst's Crofton pulp and paper mill could see fewer ships and barges arriving in Duke Point to carry Harmac's pulp to its international markets.Read more
But the mill will operate even cleaner once it phases out the burning of heavy fuel oil over the next few years, says one manager.
The local mill gave off 78,871 tonnes of C02 equivalent greenhouse gas emissions in 2010 with two full production lines operating for most of the year.Read more
Harmac president Levi Sampson said Nanaimo Forest Products, which owns the mill, and B.C. Hydro have signed a 15-year agreement for the turbo-generation plant to produce 25 megawatts of green electricity, enough to light up 17,000 homes, and add it to the province's power grid.Read more
Garry Young said when the Wednesday deadline passed to receive $3.5 million funding for a developmental machine at Harmac in Nanaimo, Voith officials determined that they would no longer try to develop the new process in B.C.Read more
The massive work frenzy at the mill is a combination of regular maintenance work that takes place during the annual two-week shutdown of the mill, which ends Nov. 1, and ongoing work related to federal funding earmarked for Harmac from the Green Transformation Fund, intended to improve the mill's energy efficiency and environmental performance.Read more