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Celgar

Overview

The Celgar mill is located in Castlegar, Canada - in the interior region of the province of British Columbia - approximately 600 km east of Vancouver. The mill has an annual pulp capacity of 520,000 ADMTs and an electricity generation capacity of 100 MW.

The mill was originally constructed in 1964, and underwent a C$850 million rebuild in 1993 to become a high-quality, continuous process pulp mill with modern power generation and environmental treatment facilities. In February 2005, Mercer acquired the mill for $210 million, plus defined working capital. At this time, the mill had an annual pulp capacity of 430,000 ADMTs and one electricity turbine with a capacity of 52 MW.
Additional capital investments have subsequently improved the mill's production capacity and efficiency. In 2007, "Project Blue Goose" was completed - a $24 million capital project that improved operational efficiencies, increased production and improved environmental performance. This project also increased annual pulping capacity by 50,000 ADMTs per year to approximately 480,000 ADMTs per year. Since 2007, additional process efficiencies have further increased annual production capacity to 520,000 ADMTs.

As part of our focus on the generation of green electricity, in 2010, Celgar completed the approximately $61 million "Green Energy Project". This project included the installation of a second turbine-generator with a design capacity of 48 MW to increase the mill's installed generating capacity to 100 MW, and upgraded the mill's bark boiler and steam facilities. At this time, Celgar also finalized a 10-year Electricity Purchase Agreement (EPA) with BC Hydro, a local utility, under which it sells its excess energy at favorable green energy rates.

In October 2009, as part of its Green Transformation Program, the Canadian government, through Natural Resources Canada, agreed to provide approximately $56 million of funding to Celgar for projects designed to meet certain energy efficiency or environmental improvement requirements. As a result, the Green Energy Project received approximately $45 million of this funding and the balance was used to fund other eligible high return projects.

Celgar is strategically located within one of British Columbia's most valuable fiber baskets. It is also in close proximity to the BC coast, thereby facilitating sales to Asia, where the majority of the pulp is sold.

Celgar's efficiency and operational excellence are recognized through its ISO 9001 and ISO 14001 certifications. Its sustainably harvested wood is recognized through its Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) certification. In addition, Celgar's green energy production is EcoLogo certified. For more information, please see our Certifications page.

For more information on the Celgar mill, please visit www.celgar.com


Zellstoff Celgar Limited Partnership

PO Box 1000, 1921 Arrow Lakes Road
Castlegar, BC
Canada V1N 3H9

T: (250) 365-7211
F: (250) 365-4211
E: info@celgar.com
W: www.celgar.com
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