Specialty cellulose

Game-changing green energy facility at Temiscaming

This strategic investment increases green electricity production, improves environmental performance, and expands production capacity – while making Temiscaming one of the specialty cellulose industry’s lowest-cost facilities.

New facility began generating power in 2015

Construction of this $273 million green energy facility began in early 2012. Here are highlights of the project, the largest in many years for the forest products industry:

  • Increase Temiscaming’s green electricity capacity from 10 to 50 megawatts.
  • Reduce sulfur dioxide emissions by 70%.
  • Reduce production costs, making the Temiscaming facility one of the world’s lowest-cost specialty cellulose producers.
  • Increase annual specialty cellulose capacity gradually through efficiency gains. 

The project involved construction of a new high-pressure boiler and installation of new emission control technology. The boiler burns waste sulfite liquor, a residual of the specialty cellulose manufacturing process, producing green steam for use at the facility.

A new turbine is driven by this steam, generating the green electricity. The green steam is also used in the drying phase of specialty cellulose production. Green electricity production began in January 2015, under a 25-year contract with Hydro-Québec.

Green electricity revenue will strengthen and stabilize Tembec’s earnings through the economic cycle, and make the company less dependent on forest products commodities such as lumber, pulp and paper, which are more cyclical. The new equipment can also accommodate a future capacity expansion of the specialty cellulose manufacturing facility.