APC Paper converts NH recycled medium, kraft paper mill to compressed natural gas, to save about 30% on fuel bills

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APC Paper converts NH recycled medium, kraft paper mill to compressed natural gas, to save about 30% on fuel bills

November 21, 2013 - 05:55
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MILTON, VT, Nov. 20, 2013 (Press Release) -APC Paper Company, Inc. of Claremont, NH announced today it is converting its process and climate heating systems from #6 fuel oil to more affordable and cleaner burning compressed natural gas (CNG) provided by NG Advantage LLC, which will soon begin delivering CNG to the mill. Until now, APC Paper, which is not located on a gas pipeline, was unable to take advantage of the benefits natural gas currently provides over other fuels, such as propane or oil.

APC Paper manufactures 100% recycled paper from used corrugated cartons and newspapers. The mill has 60 employees and runs 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for 350 days a year. It utilizes state-of-the-art cleaning equipment to recycle over 35,000 tons of paper annually, producing high-quality products for the building, fast food, and packaging industries.

Frank Tarantino, President of APC Paper Group, stated, "APC is committed to producing innovative products that are environmentally friendly. Fuel for our process has been the only area we could not improve."

Tom Evslin, Chairman and CEO for NG Advantage, added, "APC Paper's commitment to reducing its carbon footprint should be commended. What's more, APC Paper is taking a major step to decrease its energy costs. The CNG we provide helps companies like APC Paper, become more efficient and cost effective, and improve their competitive position in the marketplace."

APC Paper's conversion from oil to North American-sourced CNG will save the company approximately 30% on its fuel bills, displacing 1,585,000 gallons of oil. The conversion will also reduce emissions by 373,125 lbs. of SO2, 63,400 lbs. of NOX, and 11,095,000 lbs. of CO2.

NG Advantage LLC will deliver CNG to the plant using its "virtual pipeline" of 40-foot carbon-fiber composite trailers. APC Paper is NG Advantage's first customer in New Hampshire and joins a growing list of customers in Vermont and Massachusetts.

Evslin added, "The compressed natural gas that we provide puts companies on a level playing field economically with competitors located on pipelines that have enjoyed the use of natural gas for years, and gives them the ability to dramatically reduce greenhouse gas emissions."

NG Advantage has partnered with Clean Energy Fuels Corp. to construct and operate a CNG compressor station in Pembroke, NH, which will be operational in the first quarter of 2014. The company is currently servicing its CNG customers from its Milton, VT compressor station that opened earlier this year.