QUEBEC CITY — Quebec City-based CO2 Solutions Inc. has announced the hiring of Canadian consulting engineering firm BBA as lead engineers in support of the firm’s first commercial installation, the Saint-Felicien, Que. pulp mill and greenhouse carbon capture project.
The partnership announcement follows on the heels of contracts signed by CO2 Solutions with Fibrek General Partnership, a subsidiary of Resolute Forest Products Inc., and Serres Toundra Inc. for the deployment of the Saint-Felicien carbon capture unit and the commercial reuse of the captured CO2 by the adjacent Serres Toundra greenhouse facility.
The project, budgeted at $7.4 million, involves the capture of up to 30 tonnes-CO2/day from Resolute’s softwood kraft pulp mill and its transportation to Serres Toundra’s neighbouring state-of-the-art vegetable greenhouse, which was commissioned in November 2016. The CO2 Solutions media statement released Jan. 12 explained that the project will both improve the yield at the greenhouse and reduce the carbon footprint of the pulp mill, providing economic benefits to both Resolute and Serres Toundra.
"BBA is a first-class engineering firm, and we believe the right partner to provide the support for the construction of our first commercial project, as well as lay the blueprint for future commercial projects," stated Evan Price, president and CEO of CO2 Solutions, in the statement.
Sustainable Development Technology Canada will provide $2.4 million and Quebec’s Ministere de l’Energie et des Ressources naturelles will provide $3 million towards the project in the form of non-refundable grants. The project officially kicked off in December 2016 and is scheduled for completion by the end of 2017.