Pulp - The next time you read a magazine, require a facial tissue, take a photograph or drive a car, the materials you are using may have started out as Alberta-Pacific pulp. You might be surprised to learn that Al-Pac pulp may be a key ingredient in:
- non-wovens, such as medical grades
- glossy coated papers, such as magazine covers
- uncoated papers, such as high quality printing, books, magazines, envelopes, bristol and tags
- paper board, such as surface paper of packaging for milk, juice, etc.
- other coated paper used in labels, playing cards, magazines, thermal papers and photographic paper
- tissues and toweling, such as toilet and facial tissue, napkins, towels and wipes
- filters, such as coffee, air automotive and laboratory
- packaging paper, such as grease proof packaging, wax paper, and gift boxes
- lightweight specialties, such as scripture, dictionary and cigarette paper
- technical and industrial papers, such as release (label packaging), transparent and densified
- inserts for magazines and newspapers
- decorative laminates (counter tops and dashboards), leatherettes (purse, shoes, etc.)
Renewable Energy – our company produces renewable energy from forest biomass to power our millsite and sell any surplus to the Alberta power grid. On October 15, 2009 our company received funding from the Government of Canada’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program. The program was designed to make investments that improve energy efficiency and the environmental performance of their facilities. Alberta-Pacific qualified for $62.8 million in funding based on the amount of a liquid by-product the company produces that is used to generate renewable energy.
Since this time Alberta-Pacific has: constructed and commissioned a 30 km, 138 kv transmission line; installed a power substation on the millsite to control and regulate power coming in and out of the mill; and installed a condensing steam turbine and generator to produce additional power. This is accomplished by capturing low pressure steam that has already travelled through existing turbines and removing any residual energy from it. It could be called “steam recycling” because it uses steam we already generate to produce additional green power.
Biomethanol – Although consumers wouldn’t know it, methanol is a product we use in our day-to-day lives. Methanol is a versatile ingredient used to manufacture products such as plastics, solvents, dyes, glues, wood products, polyester fibers and fabrics of clothing. Methanol is blended with gasoline to fuel your vehicle and is a key component in windshield washer fluid. Alberta-Pacific uses a portion of the bio-methanol it produces to make a pulp whitening agent required for the production of pulp and sells any surplus commercially. It is called ‘bio-methanol’ because it comes from a renewable resource.