Northern Pulp to acquire new recovery boiler precipitator

John Brannen, The News
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In what they are calling a milestone in their precipitator project, Northern Pulp Nova Scotia Corporation has moved one step further toward the installation of a new recovery boiler precipitator.

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The recovery boiler works to recover chemicals used in the pulping process to use again while using the waste to generate heat and power. The precipitator works to trap particular matter exiting the mill, preventing it going into the air.

“Our project engineer recently returned from vendor negotiations held with our owner in Shanghai,” the email from Northern Pulp read. “We came away with an agreement with Clyde Bergemann Power Group Americas Inc. to supply and install our new recovery boiler precipitator. 

According to Northern Pulp, Clyde Bergemann, based in Atlanta, Georgia, is an experienced precipitator supplier through their acquisition of Environmental Elements Corporation with more than 280 recovery boiler precipitator installations worldwide. 

The next step will involve the development of a detailed project schedule. Northern Pulp noted last September that, with the help of the government, the company will be installing a new precipitator to replace the old one that’s been on the building since it first opened in 1967.

Details on the price of this precipitator have not yet been released though then mill Manager Don Breen estimated the precipitator would cost approximately $20 million and that it would be installed by early 2015.

“We look forward to the successful implementation of this project for Northern Pulp Nova Scotia and all of our stakeholders,” he said.

Nova Scotia Environment’s Marc Theriault, though a media relations advisor, noted in an email that Northern Pulp and the precipitator vendor are currently working out the logistics of delivery timing.

“Nova Scotia Environment expects to receive an implementation schedule for construction and hook up from the company in the near future,” the email read. “NSE continues to closely monitor the situation. Staff are constantly communicating with Northern Pulp at least on a weekly basis.”

Northern Pulp’s current operating approval for the Abercrombie mill and Boat Harbour sites expires later this month, and work is happening now on the application for an approval renewal under Activities Designation Regulations Act

“The studies and reports ordered over the past couple of years will help inform the terms and conditions in any new operating approval from NSE,” Theriault noted.

On Twitter: @NGNewsJohn 

Organizations: Nova Scotia Environment, Clyde Bergemann Power Group Americas, Environmental Elements Corporation

Geographic location: Northern Pulp, Shanghai, Atlanta, Georgia Boat Harbour

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Recent comments

  • Phil
    April 10, 2014 - 07:02

    there is always something being installed or money being spent, but nothing ever improves. The poor fishermen on the Pictou wharf (myself included) try and enjoy nature while inhaling these fumes. Pathetic.

  • tom
    April 09, 2014 - 16:58

    All your negative comments make me laugh. The precipitator is a good thing. Its to help the smell and emmisions. Do you people understand this mill is our countys biggest employer . I'd love to hear all your negativity if it closed. This place is all we have left. I'd like to see what little jobs we have remain secure. I'm guessing your all retired and don't care if there are jobs in our county. I'm 25 years old and would love to work at the mill..every person I graduated with is now living out west. But lets just close the doors and send another 500 people away from here..oh and don't forget all the truckers and woods workers and so on...

    • Kim
      April 10, 2014 - 07:15

      Actually Sobeys is the county's largest employer. Do your research. How about the thousands of employees in local businesses that have closed because nobody wants to visit a county that is bathed in pollution and nauseous fumes? How about the hundreds of people (myself included) who would love to live in Pictou (and pay property taxes!) if it weren't for this paper mill. If the mill actually operated like a proper mill in 2014 and adhered to emission regulations, or actually installed/improved what it said it would, I would have nothing against it!

    • Chad
      April 10, 2014 - 10:50

      Do you really beleave money is better then the health of people. And enviroment. Your 25 I get it. But you need to look at the big picture tom. I'd like to see the problems fixed and cleaned up and mill staying for 50 more years running enviro friendly If that's not possible it should close until all is up to standards and boat harbour is cleaned. Anyone who thinks different do not care about pictou county's health. Just a quick note the cleaning of the boat harbour will create lots of job opportunity

  • Kim
    April 09, 2014 - 14:58

    If any residents of Pictou are wondering why tourism in the area is down and businesses are closing, you can thank the giant cloud of pollution that hangs over the town and the disgusting smell caused by this paper mill.

  • Jane Thomson
    April 09, 2014 - 13:51

    JJ you are absolutely right on. The fact that this mill is permitted to continue operations while emitting tons of dangerous small particulate matter places our county solidly in the third world. The smell is not the half of it. And then there's Boat Harbour, a whole other issue. Please go to Facebook and join our group Clean Up the Pictou County Mill - read Files, join the discussion!

  • pictou
    April 09, 2014 - 11:07

    Like the mill has been there for 40 years and probably be gone in 5 years and great tax base for county and spin offs so all of a sudden it should be scraped asap? And where is pictou west mla small business located? Oh ya pictou waterfront. Shows there still bleeding pictou water and tourism??? Wow that has done wonders for pictou west over the years and shows volumes of there best interests for the economy in local area. Makes no sense!

  • Observer
    April 09, 2014 - 08:35

    is this acquisition a hang over from the former NDP Government's multi-million dollar contribution to Northern Pulp, or is there new Corporate Welfare $'s coming from the Current Liberal Government?

  • JJ
    April 09, 2014 - 08:06

    This paper mill produces such an enormous amount of pollution in Pictou County and produces a smelly haze over the region that affects citizens' health severely. How it's still allowed to operate is absolutely shocking and appalling.