Saint-Gobain of France, through its building products subsidiary CertainTeed Canada Inc, plans to invest CDN$91 million to upgrade equipment at its Montreal, QC wallboard plant. The company says that the investment will reduce the plant’s carbon emissions by up to 44,000 tonnes/year, creating the first zero-carbon drywall plant in North America.
The equipment upgrades will reduce the site’s energy usage by 30%, creating one of the most energy-efficient wallboard plants in the world. The plant will also transition away from using fossil fuels to solely being powered by hydroelectricity from Hydro-Quebec. Additionally, the upgrades will increase the Montreal plant’s production capacity by up to 40%.
All of the production equipment at the plant that is currently powered by natural gas will be upgraded to newer equipment powered by hydroelectricity. Construction on the project is scheduled to begin in the summer of 2023 and be completed and online in late 2024.
Volume 36, Issue 11