Jeonju Paper holds opening ceremony for biomass cogeneration in South Korea

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Jeonju Paper holds opening ceremony for biomass cogeneration in South Korea

May 12, 2010 - 16:01
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SEOUL, South Korea, May 13, 2010 (Press Release) -Jeonju Paper Corporation held the opening ceremony for Biomass cogeneration facility at its Jeonju mill on May 12, completing the construction for the first time in South Korea. About an amount of 45 million dollars were invested in building the cogeneration facility, and it has been fully functional since December 2009.

The facility generates 10 MW of electricity, 100 tons of steam per hour for the paper production operation utilizing Biomass fuel including Wood Chip, Refuse Derived Fuel (RDF), and Refuse Plastic Fuel (RPF) instead of fossil fuel such as B-C oil, LNG. Jeonju Paper is expected to decrease its use of fossil fuel up to less than 10% from current 70% by operation of the facility. In addition, Jeonju Paper is waiting for UN's approval to register carbon credit (CER: Certified Emission Reduction), which is related to Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) by reduction of a hundred thousand tonnes of green house gasses emission annually.

Jeonju Paper found Jeonju Energy Corp. (JJ Energy) producing wood chip fuel and RPF. In South Korea, RPF business is expected to be an in increasing demand for the reasons that oil prices have been upward, and the industry has evolved gradually after establishment of the related law in 2003. Associated with the company, Jeonju Paper will also venture into environmental energy business.

Han In Soo, the president of Jeonju Paper, states "Because energy consumption of paper industry is high, reducing the use of energy is required to strengthen our global competitiveness, and Jeonju Paper will achieve both goals of developing the new business as one of our profit structures and improvement of profitability in paper business with our strengths, based on the construction of the biomass cogeneration facility and the foundation of JJ Energy."

Jeonju Paper, the biggest supplier of the country, accounting for about 56% of total capacity exports around half a million tones annually. The company has been producing products with over 90% of recovered paper.