A new and innovative initiative grouping — Intersan, Gaz Mtro and Cascades — has been announced that will allow landfill gas to power Cascades’ fine paper plant in Saint-Jrme, Quebec.
Through a process implemented by Intersan, a subsidiary of waste management company Canadian Waste, gas produced by decomposing waste — landfill gas — will be recovered onsite. Gaz Mtro, Qubec’s leading natural gas distributor, will provide the distribution of the gas, through underground pipelines linking Intersan’s Sainte-Sophie waste disposal site to Cascades’ manufacturing plant located some 13 kilometres away.
Conditional on the approval of the Rgie de l’nergie du Qubec, the initiative should allow Cascades to meet a large part of its Saint-Jrme plant energy requirements for the next 10 years.
“While offering the advantage of lowering our production costs, this unique project also translates into enormous environmental gains,” explained Denis Jean, Cascades Fine Paper Division Inc’s president and CEO.
Cascades will invest $2 million in necessary work to convert its plant. On the basis of forecast savings, the company plans a short return on its investment. The supply from Intersan’s current facility should begin before the end of 2004.
Contact Stphane Mailhot at Cascades at 819-352-0982.