VANCOUVER, British Columbia, May 6, 2010 – Fortress Paper Ltd. (“Fortress Paper” or the “Corporation”) announced today that it has signed, through its wholly‑owned subsidiary, Fortress Specialty Cellulose Inc. (“FSC”), an Energy Supply Agreement (the “Agreement”) with Hydro Québec for the sale of green electricity to be produced at the Thurso Mill upon completion of a biomass-based cogeneration facility.
Under the Agreement, the Company will construct a cogeneration facility to provide net 18.8 megawatts of green power to Hydro Québec over a 15 year term, with deliveries estimated to commence in the fourth quarter of 2012.
Chadwick Wasilenkoff, CEO of Fortress Paper, states, “The signing of the Agreement represents an important step in achieving our business plan at the Thurso Mill, which includes the building of a cogeneration plant that produces green electricity that in turn will ultimately benefit Québec residents. We believe that the results of this partnership with Hydro Québec will be beneficial to the environment and the economy of Québec, as well as providing net energy savings (income) to Fortress Paper.”
The Agreement is subject to final approval by the Régie de l’énergie in Québec which is expected to be received in the third quarter of 2010.
About Fortress Paper
Fortress Paper is a leading international producer of security and other specialty papers. Fortress Paper operates three mills, the Landqart Mill located in Switzerland, the Dresden Mill located in Germany and the Thurso Mill located in Canada. Fortress Paper’s security papers include banknote, passport and visa papers and its specialty papers include non-woven wallpaper base products, and graphic and technical papers. Fortress Paper’s pulp business currently includes NBHK with plans to convert this capacity into dissolving pulp production. Fortress Paper plans to build a biomass based cogeneration plant at the Thurso Mill.