Pulp and paper manufacturer Stora Enso is set to build a new combined heat and power (CHP) plant at Zdirec Sawmill in the Czech Republic.
The Helsinki-based company says the €21m ($30m) investment will optimize energy production and usage at the mill by boosting its heat supply.
The project will get underway in the third quarter of 2011 and is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2013. The new plant will use by-products from production as fuel, and when completed will make the mill 100% self-sufficient for steam and electricity.
"Zdirec is one of our core sawmills including value-added engineering wood products, such as solid construction timber (KVH),” said Hannu Kasurinen, EVP, Stora Enso Wood Products.
“It is in a competitive location, and this investment is a logical step in further upgrading the mill with sustainable energy sourcing. The production and sale of renewable energy to local electricity suppliers will also improve the mill's profitability.”
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