The joint venture intends to integrate Licella's unique Cat-HTR upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp's kraft and mechanical pulp mills to convert biomass into biocrude oil.
May 30, 2016 (Press Release) - Licella Fibre Fuels Pty Ltd. ("Licella") and Canfor Pulp Products Inc. ("CPPI"), through its subsidiary Canfor Pulp Ltd., ("Canfor Pulp") have signed an agreement to form a joint-venture under the name "Licella Pulp Joint Venture".
Licella Pulp Joint Venture is a strategic relationship between the two companies that will investigate opportunities to integrate Licella's unique Catalytic Hydrothermal Reactor (Cat-HTR) upgrading platform into Canfor Pulp's kraft and mechanical pulp mills to economically convert biomass, including wood residues from Canfor Pulp's kraft pulping processes, into biocrude oil, to produce next generation biofuels and biochemicals. This additional residue stream refining would allow Canfor Pulp to further optimise their pulp production capacity.
Upon successful integration of the Cat-HTR technology, the Licella Pulp Joint Venture would look towards offering this solution to other third party Kraft and mechanical pulp mills.
This agreement follows a successful program of preliminary trials conducted on feedstock from Canfor Pulp's Prince George, British Columbia pulp mill at Licella's pilot plants located in New South Wales, Australia. In these trials, wood residue streams from Canfor Pulp's kraft process were successfully converted into a stable biocrude oil.
"Biofuels and biochemicals represent the next frontier in the utilization of sustainable wood fibre to produce green energy and chemicals," said Don Kayne, CEO of CPPI. "This initiative underscores Canfor Pulp's commitment to innovation and the importance of green energy and chemicals in our future product mix, and we look forward to developing this potentially transforming technology with Licella."
"The Cat-HTR process is a strong technical fit for the kraft process," said Brett Robinson, President of CPPI. "The opportunity to directly produce advanced biofuels from our existing streams could transition Canfor Pulp from being strictly a pulp and paper manufacturer to a bio-energy producer as well. The Licella technology has significant similarities to our existing processes which makes this partnership a natural fit."
"Licella's Cat-HTR technology may add significant value to Canfor Pulp's kraft process by creating new products from Canfor Pulp's waste streams," said Dr Len Humphreys, CEO of Licella. "What we are potentially building towards is a bio-refinery to utilise the entire tree, rather than part of the tree."
Licella is a subsidiary of Licella Pty. Limited, which in turn is a subsidiary of Ignite Energy Resources Ltd. (IER), an Australian public unlisted natural resource and energy technology development company.
CPPI is a leading global supplier of pulp and paper products with operations in the central interior of British Columbia. Canfor Pulp owns and operates three mills in Prince George, BC with a total capacity of 1.1 million tonnes of Premium Reinforcing Northern Bleached Softwood Kraft Pulp and 140,000 tonnes of kraft paper, as well as one mill in Taylor, BC with an annual production capacity of 220,000 tonnes of Bleached Chemi-Thermo Mechanical Pulp ("BCTMP"). To learn more please visit: www.canfor.com.