ABERCROMBIE POINT – Today Northern Pulp said they are breaking ground this week on their recovery boiler precipitator project. This marks another major milestone in the project with work starting on the foundation required for the installation of the precipitator.
According to a press release sent today, Paper Excellence began the initial investigation of a precipitator replacement when they acquired Northern Pulp in 2011.
Clyde-Bergemann Power Group Americas has recently been awarded the turn-key contract for design, fabrication and installation of a new precipitator at Northern Pulp.
The existing precipitator was constructed when the Mill was built with modifications to it through the years as production increased. The existing precipitator has reached its limit for dust removal and this new precipitator is being built to replace it.
Northern Pulp expects that the planned new precipitator will lead to a vast reduction of dust in air emissions and enhance environmental performance significantly.
According to the release, Clyde-Bergemann’s Project Superintendent is now on site to oversee the project. The foundation work will be followed by the erection of structural steel and then the installation of the new precipitator and duct work. The new equipment will be in operation in spring of 2015.
The project with the new equipment will have a footprint of more than 40 x 70 feet and standing 70 feet high with duct work topping out at more than 150 feet in the air. The internal components for the new precipitator are on order with components being fabricated at various locations throughout the world. Clyde-Bergemann will utilize Maritime subcontractors and trades people for the installation.
"This very important project is the largest single capital expenditure by the Mill in several years totalling approximately $21 million," read the release. "This project is funded in part by the provincial government, as announced in April 2013."
Northern Pulp said they understands the public’s frustration with the current situation and is as eager as local residents to have this major project completed and that mill staff will be working hard over the coming months to have the precipitator up and running next spring.