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New biogas facility to be added at Canadian pulp mill

Millar Western Forest Products is to construct a $42 million (€32.4 million) bioenergy facility at its bleached chemi-thermo-mechanical pulp mill in Alberta, Canada.

The project will involve integration of anaerobic hybrid digesters (AHD) into the mill’s existing aerobic effluent treatment system. The AHD units will recover organic material from the pulp mill’s effluent stream and convert it to a biogas.

The biogas will be used to generate 5.2MW of renewable energy for use by Millar Western’s pulp operations.

Construction on the project will begin in September, with start-up slated for late 2013, as all regulatory approvals have been secured.