Canada and Quebec to invest more than $2.8M to recover and reuse waste heat from the forest biomass cogeneration plant in Saint-Félicien

Saint-Félicien – Investments in green infrastructure projects help to build sustainable and resilient communities in healthy and environmentally responsible living environments. They also make it possible to find adapted solutions to tackle climate change, reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, and create jobs while expanding opportunities for a green economy which will help drive the transition to a green economy that will help communities prosper.

Today, the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Quebec Lieutenant, the Honourable Pablo Rodriguez, on behalf of the Minister of Intergovernmental Affairs, Infrastructure and Communities, the Honourable Dominic LeBlanc, and the Member of the National Assembly for Roberval, Nancy Guillemette, on behalf of the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources, Minister responsible for the Côte-Nord region and the Gaspésie–Îles-de-la-Madeleine region, Jonatan Julien, announced $2,853,000 in joint funding for a project to recover waste heat from the forest biomass cogeneration plant located in Saint-Félicien in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

The project involves building a municipal pipeline system that will connect the plant to nearby municipal agrothermal and industrial thermal parks. The thermal pipeline system will also serve four industrial buildings and other facilities that will be built on land served by the system later on. The annual GHG reduction made possible by this initiative is estimated at more than 13,500 tonnes of CO2 equivalent, which is equal to the removal of over 3,400 light-duty vehicles off the road.

The Government of Canada is investing $1,556,000 in this project through the Green Infrastructure Stream (GIS) of the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program (ICIP). Quebec is contributing $1,297,000 through the Electrification and Climate Change Fund, from the 2030 Plan for a Green Economy. The municipality of Saint-Félicien is providing $1,037,000 for the project.