Northern Pulp to acquire new recovery boiler precipitator

Published on April 8, 2014
Employees at Northern Pulp voted Wednesday on a new agreement with their employer. ADAM MACINNIS – THE NEWS

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.

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.

 

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