Smurfit Kappa Group plc has announced the startup of a 21.4 MW steam cogeneration plant at its paper mill in Spain.
According to the paper packaging company, the cogeneration plant at Nervion is part of a €20m ($25m) biomass energy investment, which is to greatly reduce carbon dioxide emissions while improving the mill’s profitability.
Information issued by Smurfit Kappa says the upgrade was made possible by a strategic investment program that included the acquisition of multi-functional crusher to process forest waste.
The project also included a selection and storage system that has enabled increased biomass production, now exceeding 100,000 tons per year.
As a result of the upgrade, Smurfit Kappa Nervion said it has increased its energy generation by more than 40 per cent, now exceeding the yearly production of 120,000 megawatt hours.
While the company noted that black liquor is used as fuel in the cogeneration plant, the new crushing line will allow other woody biomass waste materials to be used as fuel as well.
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