July 31, 2006

New syngas plant will cut fuel costs, GHG emissions for Tolko mill

Tolko Industries, in Vernon, BC and Vancouver-based Nexterra Energy have successfully completed their new gasification project at Tolko's Heffley Creek plywood mill near Kamloops, BC. The new syngas plant will not only save the mill more than $1.5 million per year in fuel costs, it will improve local air quality and reduce Tolko's greenhouse gas emissions by 12,000 tonnes per year. This is equivalent to taking almost 3,000 cars off the road.

The system converts 13,000 dry tonnes per year of wood residue into syngas, a clean-burning, renewable biofuel. This low-cost form of thermal energy will replace more expensive natural gas and help the mill move closer to energy self-sufficiency.

The syngas generated will displace approximately 235,000 gigajoules (GJ) per year of natural gas previously used at the mill to dry veneer and to produce hot water for log conditioning. This is equivalent to the amount of natural gas required to heat approximately 1,900 residential homes in BC.

Nexterra president and CEO Jonathan Rhone said, "This concept of an 'inside-the-fence' syngas utility has widespread application in the forest products and other industries as leading companies invest in fuel conversion technologies."

Jim Baskerville, Tolko's regional manager, veneer and plywood, said, "We are very pleased with the Nexterra gasifier system. It is user-friendly, simple to operate, and we are working with Nexterra to identify opportunities where we can apply the technology at other Tolko mills."

Tolko Industries is a private, Canadian-owned forest products company manufacturing and marketing specialty forest products to world markets. 2006 marks the company's 50th year in business. Nexterra, also a private company, develops and supplies gasification technologies and systems for "inside-the fence" industrial, commercial and institutional heat and power markets. Its gasification systems convert solid biomass fuels into a syngas capable of displacing natural gas or fuel oil to generate heat and/or electricity.

More information is available from Sheila Catlin at Tolko, 250/549-5326, E-mail sheila.catlin@tolko.com, Web site www.tolko.com, or from Raymond McAllister at Nexterra, 604/637-2507, E-mail rmcallister@nexterra.ca, Web site www.nexterra.ca.

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