Nippon Paper to invest $71M in biomass energy at Port Angeles, WA, mill

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Nippon Paper to invest $71M in biomass energy at Port Angeles, WA, mill

August 09, 2010 - 09:21
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PORT ANGELES, WA, Aug. 9, 2010 (RISI) -Nippon Paper Group plans to invest $71 million for a new boiler at its Port Angeles, WA, paper mill to replace the mill's existing 50-year-old boiler, produce 20MW of renewable power and create 20 new jobs, the company said in a press release.

The endeavor is a combined heat and power (CHP) project, the company said. The steam will spin the turbine-generator and the thermal energy will be used for paper production. The project will commence construction once all appropriate environmental studies and permits are in place, which is expected by later this year. The new boiler is expected to be ready for testing in the second quarter of 2012, according to the release.

"The co-generation of steam and electricity from this project will take our business to a new and more sustainable level and allow us to continue to improve our paper making business," Harold Norlund, Port Angeles Mill Manager, said in the release.

The project will create over 20 new design and construction jobs in foundation, boiler and building construction at the Port Angeles mill, the company said in the release.

The mill's original main boiler was built in the 1950's and is fueled by oil and biomass. The new boiler will produce more steam than the previous one, enough to supply the paper mill and a 20MW turbine generator, according to the company. The power produced by this boiler will be sold as renewable energy that meets the requirements of the renewable energy portfolio standards passed in many states, the press release said.

NPIUSA reports it produces 155,000 tons/yr of lightweight uncoated mechanical paper, producing paper for telephone directories and other commercial products from recycled old newspapers and telephone directories and locally available residual sawmill fiber.