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Nanaimo's Harmac Mill to Upgrade Boiler with Federal Funds

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International Trade Minister Stockwell Day announced this past week that Nanaimo's Harmac pulp mill is among 38 pulp and paper mills across Canada to receive funding under the $1 billion federal Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program.

The company estimates that upgrades to the mill's power boiler will use most of the $27 million in federal funding the mill expects to receive. These upgrades to the boiler would make the facility self-sufficient in energy use and allow Harmac to produce additional electricity that can be sold to B.C. Hydro.

Upgrades to the power boiler will allow it to burn hog fuel (consisting mostly of wood chips, a renewable energy source) and create steam more efficiently. Emissions from the mill will be slightly decreased and the use of non-renewable natural gas will be eliminated.

The federal money must be used within three years to improve energy efficiency or environmental performance.