Iggesund Paperboard is investing £108 million in a new biomass energy system at its mill in Workington, UK. Due to replace the mill’s existing gas fired unit in March 2013, the new boiler is expected to enable the company to become completely self-reliant for its energy needs, eliminate the use of fossil fuels completely and reduce CO² emissions to almost zero.
The biomass system will run entirely on renewable energy sources, much of it to be sourced locally, and will require 500,000 tonnes of biofuel annually.
Ola Schultz-Eklund, the mill’s managing director, says: “We know that the cost of fossil-based energy will increase faster than that of biofuel, so we see this investment as a way to stabilise our energy costs. At the same time, our emissions of fossil carbon dioxide from the production process will fall to almost zero, which should make us an even more interesting option for the large end-users, who have more or less promised
consumers that they will both declare and reduce the emissions created by the products they sell.”
In June, Iggesund commissioned a €240 million recovery boiler and turbine at its plant in Sweden. The turbine should be able to supply 520GWh/year and eventually make the mill completely self-sufficient in electricity.
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