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Georgia-Pacific Brewton Mill completes $388m energy improvement project

American pulp and paper giant Georgia-Pacific has completed a $388m energy improvement project at its Brewton containerboard mill in Alabama.

The energy improvement project which took two years has specifically modernized and streamlined various equipment in the recovery boiler system of the mill.

The mill now generates its own power using the bio-products from its paper-making process like natural gas and biofuel residuals.

Georgia-Pacific president and CEO Christian Fischer said: "The investments in Brewton, and across Alabama, drive home our focus on continuously improving operations and meeting the needs of our customers, our company and communities for the long term.”

The company said it will now invest $50m for upgrading its paperboard machine at the Brewton mill.

The project will commence in late summer and will see a part of the machine rebuilt to enhance the quality of the white-top linerboard product of the mill.

Competitiveness of the mill is also expected to be increased during the course of the project.

The Brewton mill was acquired by Georgia-Pacific from Smurfit-Stone Container nearly ten years ago for $355m.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey said: "Georgia Pacific's total investment of $438m to grow and expand its business is a testament to the continued opportunity for the success of economic investment in Alabama.”

According to Georgia-Pacific, its Brewton mill is the largest employer in the city with nearly 450 employees who manufacture white-top linerboard and solid bleached cartonboard.

The pulp and paper manufacturer has invested close to $8.5bn in the last five years across its operations in the US.

Alabama has seen a share of nearly $1.2bn from that which has been utilized for expanding existing operations, acquiring new operations, and on safety and environmental requirements throughout its businesses.

Image: The modernized recovery boiler system of Georgia-Pacific’s containerboard mill in Brewton. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire/ Georgia-Pacific.