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Key Projects to Benefit Biron Mill's Operational Efficiency and Environmental Performance

/ -- RICHMOND, BRITISH COLUMBIA -- (Marketwired) -- 08/03/16 -- Catalyst Paper Corporation today announced that it will invest approximately $2.7 million (U.S.) in two projects at its Biron, Wisconsin mill that will improve operational efficiency and lighten its environmental footprint.

One project will convert the fuel source of Biron's #4 boiler from high-sulphur coal to natural gas. The second project will modify the TMP reboiler to reclaim unused waste steam from the thermo mechanical pulping process to heat fresh water supplying the paper machines, decreasing the demand on both coal and natural gas.

These projects offer significant environmental benefits. They will substantially reduce sulphur dioxide emissions, while achieving major reductions of particulate, nitrogen oxide and greenhouse gas.

With the #4 boiler conversion, Biron will also meet the Environmental Protection Agency's Maximum Achievable Control Technology standard, which impacts the mill on Jan. 31, 2017.

"These two projects represent an important milestone for our mill," said Lucas McLeod, Vice President & General Manager. "Today, we take an important step forward to position Biron for improved efficiency and environmental performance, which supports Catalyst's commitment to continuous improvement."

The economic impact of this work is significant as we anticipate investing approximately $1 million (U.S.) in local/regional expenditures during the construction of both projects.

Work on the reboiler is underway and expected to be completed in October 2016. Work on the #4 boiler conversion is expected to commence in February 2017. We anticipate start up by May 1, 2017.

About Catalyst Paper

Catalyst Paper manufactures diverse printing papers such as coated freesheet, coated one side (C1S), coated and uncoated groundwood, newsprint, directory, as well as market pulp. Customers include retailers, publishers and commercial printers in North America, Latin America, the Pacific Rim and Europe. With five mills across North America, Catalyst has annual production capacity of 2.3 million tonnes. Catalyst is headquartered in Richmond, British Columbia, Canada, and has been ranked by Corporate Knights magazine for the 10th consecutive year as one of the 50 Best Corporate Citizens in Canada.

Jim Czenczek
Energy Manager & Opportunities For Improvement Champion