Lactalis : Optimizing its energy performance and reducing its environmental footprint
In 2017, the Lactantia (property of LACTALIS CANADA - formerly Parmalat) plant in Victoriaville decided to replace its 40-year-old steam boilers.
This was aimed at optimizing the company’s energy performance and reducing its environmental footprint, as well as increasing the company’s steam production capacity for 2019. In 2017, Lactalis Canada’s management was preparing for a major increase in its needs due to its growing operations and the expansion of the nearby Canlac plant (for which Lactalis Canada supplied steam under a contractual agreement).
Progress of the project
To achieve these objectives, Lactalis Canada needed to invest in the construction of a new steam boiler room, and the company turned to Énergir to do so.
The approach recommended by Énergir, and approved by the plant’s management, was to equip the new thermal power plant with high-efficiency natural gas boilers and adopt various energy efficiency measures. This solution would enable the company to meet its anticipated steam requirements for manufacturing processes while saving significant amounts of natural gas. This would be a financial and environmental benefit since by reducing consumption, Lactalis Canada would minimize its greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. In addition, by building the boiler room in a new building attached to the plant, the company could continue to use its old boilers until the new equipment was commissioned.