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Canfor Pulp, Licella JV receive CA$13.2 million SDTC funding for proposed biocrude project

Canfor Pulp Ltd has been approved for up to CA$13.2 million in Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) funding for a proposed biocrude project within the Licella Pulp Joint Venture.

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, (left) announced an investment of up to CA$20 million to support clean energy projects at the pre-commercialisation stage. Canfor Pulp was awarded CA$13.2 million (photo courtesy SDTC).

The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, (left) announced an investment of up to CA$20 million to support clean energy projects at the pre-commercialisation stage. Canfor Pulp was awarded CA$13.2 million (photo courtesy SDTC).

The Government of Canada has announced that Canfor Pulp Ltd, a subsidiary of forest industry major Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (CPPI), has been approved for up to CA$13.2 million of grant funding from Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) for its proposed biocrude project at its Prince George pulp facility.

The announcement, which was made by Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development on March 13, follows a successful programme of preliminary trials conducted at the Canfor Pulp Prince George facility in British Columbia (BC), where wood residue streams from the kraft process were successfully converted into a stable biocrude oil.

The non-repayable contribution through SDTC, will support Canfor Pulp’s proposed biocrude project underway through its “Licella Pulp Joint Venture” with Australia-based Licella Fibre Fuels, and will enable the joint venture to further develop and demonstrate Licella’s Cat-HTR technology at commercial scale for the pulp and paper industry. The SDTC, which supports the development and deployment of clean technology in Canada, will allocate the grant in portions as project milestones are achieved.

– We have the opportunity to create a truly renewable biofuel that can easily integrate with conventional fuels to dramatically lower environmental impacts. This funding from SDTC provides critical support as we look to operationalize this truly transformative green technology, said Martin Pudlas, Vice-President, Operations, Canfor Pulp Products Inc., in a statement.

The “Licella Pulp Joint Venture” was established in May 2016 to investigate whether Licella’s proprietary “Cat-HTR” hydrothermal upgrading process technology could be used to economically convert pulp biomass into a renewable biocrude, an intermediary product that can be further refined in a conventional refinery into second generation biofuels and/or biochemicals. Upon successful integration, the joint venture will look towards offering the Cat-HTR solution to the many kraft and mechanical pulp mills globally.

SDTC

Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) is an “arm’s-length” foundation created by the Government of Canada to promote sustainable development and support projects that develop and demonstrate new technologies to address issues related to climate change, air quality and clean water and soil.

SDTC invests in Canadian companies that, through their innovative technologies, contribute positively to Canada by creating quality jobs, driving economic growth and protecting the environment.

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