Archive for April, 2012
Filed under: Bio-Energy
New York Coal Plant Converts To Biomass Facility
by Trevor J. Murphy on Apr 24th, 2012
An army facility in New York will undergo a conversion from coal-fired power to biomass power as part of a project conceived to help the US Department of Defense meet renewable energy initiatives. Last month ReEnergy Holdings LLC purchased the idled 60MW coal-fired facility at Fort Drum announcing an investment of $34 million to upgrade the plant. The facility has since been renamed ReEnergy Black River and is set to begin its operations in 20...
Filed under: Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc., Press Release, Specialty Cellulose
Fortress Paper Provides Update on Acquisition of Pulp Mill at Lebel-sur-Quevillon
by ckeddy on Apr 19th, 2012
Fortress Paper Ltd. ("Fortress Paper" or the "Corporation") (TSX:FTP) announces that the parties to the purchase agreement for the previously announced acquisition of the non-operating pulp mill located at Lebel-sur-Quevillon, Quebec from Domtar Inc. have agreed to an extension to the closing date. Fortress Paper continues to work diligently with the other parties to satisfy all the conditions precedent to closing, and the transaction is expected...
Filed under: Cotton
India’s Cotton Output Expected To Drop
by Trevor J. Murphy on Apr 13th, 2012
A report issued by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicts that India’s cotton output is likely to drop by over two million bales this year. "Cotton production is forecast to decrease by two million bales to 32.3 million bales as area is expected to drop by 10 per cent,” the USDA report said. India, the world's second biggest cotton grower, had produced a record 34.25 million bales in the 2011-12 marketing year. One bales conta...
Filed under: Dissolving Pulp
Prince Albert Pulp Mill Will Generate Power By May
by Trevor J. Murphy on Apr 12th, 2012
A soon-to-be re-opened pulp mill in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan is on track to start generating power from their cogeneration facility by the end of May. “May 15 we’ll fire up and do a lot of check outs and by May 27th we’ll synchronize with the Saskatchewan power grid,” said Dave Patterson, the mill’s general manager. The plant is expected to be producing and selling 10 megawatts of power to the province’s grid once everything ...
Filed under: Forestry
Federal Budget Outlines Continued Support For Forestry Innovation
by Trevor J. Murphy on Apr 11th, 2012
In the 2012 budget unveiled last week in Ottawa, Canada’s federal government detailed plans to continue support for forestry innovation projects across the country. The budget earmarked $105 million over two years for market development and forestry innovation – an effort applauded by groups such as FPInnovations and the Forest Products Association of Canada (FPAC). “The 2012 federal budget renews a partnership that has delivered valu...
Filed under: Cotton
Cotton Gives Way to Other Crops
by Trevor J. Murphy on Apr 10th, 2012
A new report issued by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) says more than one out of every 10 cotton acres in the country will be lost to other crops this year. The USDA’s “Prospective Planning” Report released March 30 forecasts cotton acreage to drop to 13.155 million acres, down 11 percent from last year’s total. The report also says products such as corn, soybeans, peanuts, and wheat will take hold of the acreage left behind by...