West Fraser, an integrated wood products company producing lumber, wood chips, LVL, MDF, plywood, pulp and newsprint, has planned to conduct an energy efficiency upgrade of its Hinton Pulp machine.

The company will fund this project, which is expected to cost approximately $37m, with credits earned under the Canadian federal government’s ‘Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program’.

The Hinton Pulp machine upgrade is expected to help the company produce more pulp with greater energy efficiency while generating enough additional energy to power approximately 720 average homes.

Through this project, the company estimates to reduce its mill’s natural gas consumption by more than 55,000 gigajoules per year and cut the greenhouse gas emissions by more than 2,750 tonnes annually.

As a result of this project and other initiatives, pulp production is expected to increase to 420,000 tonnes, thereby enhancing Hinton Pulp’s overall competitiveness and returning the mill to levels achieved when the mill ran two production lines.