Quick Facts for PRPD

Some Quick Facts about Peace River Pulp Division

Alberta Operations

  • Operates a hardwood and softwood kraft pulp mill in northwestern Alberta.
  • Harvests and grows trees on a Forest Management Area – 2.9 million hectares of which 42.6% is productive. In addition, purchases wood from  Private Land Owners  and residual conifer chips from area sawmills.
  • Employs 300 technicians, professionals, engineers, administrative assistants, operators, electricians, pulping specialists, human resource specialists, and foresters. Of this, over 65% are from the local area and 80% are from Alberta.
  • Each year DMI – Peace River Pulp Division spends over $200 million on the expenditures necessary to maintain our operations. Of this, 67% was regional, 21% in Alberta and 11 in Canada, and 1% other (Regional M.D. of Mackenzie).
  • Total annual salary and wages for DMI – Peace River Pulp Division = $35 million. Municipal taxes = $4.3 million
  • Royalties and fees paid to the province vary between $1.8 million and $11.6 million depending upon market prices for pulp.
  • DMI – Peace River Pulp’s annual production is about 480,000 tonnes of kraft pulp.
  • Peace River pulp is exported to: 50% Asia, 45% North America, and 5% Europe.
  • PRPD requires about 1,600,000 cubic metres of hardwood chips and 800,000 cubic metres of conifer chips each year and 275,000 Green Metric Tonnes of Hog Fuel. Peace River Pulp Division has 20% of its annual supply of wood delivered by aboriginal contractors.
  • Since 1989 DMI has directed over $10 million in funding support to improving human understanding of northern forest ecosystems, developing tools for forest management and improving utilization of forest resources through innovative technologies.  Forest management research occurs through a diverse network of partnerships between industry, academic institutions, governments and research institutions.  The company works closely with academics from a variety of universities and research organizations across Canada.