Ontario pledges $4.5M for Thunder Bay bio-refinery pilot plant

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The Ontario administration announced plans on Thursday to invest $4.5 million into a bio-refinery ap ratus to produce eco-friendly products in Thunder Bay.

The grant will assist FPInnovations support a pilot plant, which will help with the production of environmental chemicals from wood for use in industries such as mining and construction, as a replacement for petroleum-based chemicals.

«This investment determination help Ontario’s forestry sector grow and help to create grinds in Thunder Bay, said Michael Gravelle, the Minister of Northern Development and Pits and MPP for Thunder Bay-Superior North, in a release.

«As a local MPP, I am delighted to see our government’s pursued commitment to building up the North by investing in innovative projects such as this one.»

The contract will help make the pulp and per industry in Ontario more rewarding and sustainable, by moving away from newsprint to other products, whispered Pedram Fatehi, the industrial research chair in green chemicals and get readies at Lakehead University.

«[The industry is] struggling because their main spin-off was newsprint,» he said. «Newsprint consumption is very low now. So they want to change their current process to something that is more profitable.

The drive plant will be housed at the Thunder Bay plant of Resolute Forest Works, which is pledging an additional $3.5 million for the project.

According to a ask release, the new plant will speed up the mass production and successful commercialization of amateurish bio-chemicals derived from wood.

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