Green energy projects

Tembec is making major investments in green energy that will boost our production of cogenerated electricity, and in bioenergy projects that are win-win-win stories – lower costs, higher productivity and improved environmental performance.

Matane, Québec, high-yield pulp mill:
Official inauguration of the new anaerobic treatment facility

The official inauguration of the new anaerobic treatment facility which will produce methane biogas and greatly reduce the use of fossil fuels at the high-yield pulp mill in Matane was held on October 2, 2012.

Tembec - Official opening in Matane

From left to right, Claude Canuel, mayor of Matane, Pascal Bérubé, Minister for Tourism - Québec, and Minister responsible for the Bas-Saint-Laurent region, Jean-François Fortin, M.P. Haute-Gaspésie – La Mitis- Matane- Matapédia, James Lopez, President and Chief Executive Officer of Tembec and Éric Gendreau, Matane Mill Manager - OCTOBER 2, 2012

The project has two main components. The first is a new anaerobic treatment facility, which treats effluent and collects methane gas produced by the treatment process. This biogas will be used as fuel in the mill's pulp-drying process, in place of the light oils currently used. The second component is the installation of a new electric boiler, which replaces a heavy oil fuelled boiler. These two initiatives together will reduce by approximately 90% the use of oil as fuel sources for the generation of the Matane mill's various process steam and pulp drying requirements.

Béarn, Québec, lumber sawmill:
New biomass boiler reduces greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs

The new seven megawatt boiler, inaugurated on June 22, 2012, uses biomass bark produced at the sawmill to provide the energy to operate two wood kilns and heat buildings at the site. The $6 million project was completed on schedule and on budget. Construction began in the fall of 2011.

The new biomass boiler replaces two oil-fired six megawatt boilers, reducing the sawmill’s use of fossil fuels and lowering its greenhouse gas emissions by 88%. So it’s a win-win-win in terms of costs, productivity and environmental performance.

In addition to producing softwood lumber, Béarn provides the Temiscaming specialty cellulose operation with wood chips for pulp, and biomass used as an energy source. Both facilities are nearby so this helps control transportation costs for specialty cellulose.


Source : La Frontière
Pierre Corbeil, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and the Nord-du-Québec region, at the official inauguration of the new Tembec bark boiler at its Béarn Sawmill. - JUNE 22, 2012


Source : La Frontière
From left to right, Mario Tremblay, General Manager, Béarn Sawmill, Arnaud Warolin, Reeve, Donald Rheault from CSN, Michel Bastien, Tembec Vice President, SPF, Quebec Division, Forest Products Group, Pierre Corbeil, Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food, Minister responsible for the Abitibi-Témiscamingue region and the Nord-du-Québec region and Ulric Chérubin, President of the “Conférence Régionale des Élus” at the official inauguration of the new Tembec bark boiler in Béarn. - JUNE 22, 2012


Source : La Frontière
The ground bark passes from the storage area to the new boiler through the conveyor system. - JUNE 22, 2012


Source : La Frontière
Michel Bastien, Tembec Vice President, SPF, Quebec Division, Forest Products Group, observing the combustion through the sight glass of the new 7000 kW capacity boiler. - JUNE 22, 2012

Tartas, France, specialty cellulose biorefinery:

$21 million investment increases production of green electricity

Tembec’s specialty cellulose facility in Tartas, France, inaugurated a new $21 million (16 million euros) steam turbine on November 9, 2012. The new turbine, driven by a biomass boiler, increases Tartas’ production of green electricity, which is sold under a long-term contract, and improves its energy self-sufficiency. The new equipment will also reduce carbon dioxide emissions and generate steam used in specialty cellulose production. All this will reduce costs, improving Tembec's competitive position in the high-growth specialty cellulose industry. 

The Tartas facility is a sustainable biorefinery that extracts full value from fiber at each stage of the production process, and uses bioenergy to reduce fossil fuel consumption.  Tartas’ co-products include green electricity, and lignosulfonates refined from residuals of the specialty cellulose manufacturing process, in addition to specialty cellulose. 

Tartas is the world leader in production of specialty cellulose used in cellulose ethers and nitrocellulose, used in consumer-oriented industries such as cosmetics, pharmaceuticals, packaged foods and construction.