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Metsä Board opens new Euro 50 million biopower plant at its Kyro mill in Finland

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Metsä Board opens new Euro 50 million biopower plant at its Kyro mill in Finland

October 15, 2012 - 05:24
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ESPOO, Finland, Oct. 12, 2012 (Press Release) -Metsä Board has opened a new EUR 50 (USD 65) million biopower plant at its Kyro mill site in Finland, in partnership with two Finnish energy companies. The move will result in an approximate halving of the carbon footprint of Metsä Board's high quality folding boxboards Carta Elega and Avanta Prima, which are especially recommended for beautycare and healthcare packaging, the Cresta wallpaper base product family.

"We have been working on improving the energy efficiency and sustainability of our mills. The new biopower plant will help us in these efforts, as well as meeting our target of cutting CO2 emissions by 30% across operations by 2020 compared to 2009 levels," says Mikko Helander, CEO of Metsä Board, Europe's leading producer of fresh forest fiber cartonboards.

The new biopower plant will replace the use of fossil natural gas with CO2-neutral, discarded wood. This is predominantly bark and other biomass from industrial side streams, as well as logging residual and chips from first thinnings of growing forests. The biopower plant will produce electricity and heat for Metsä Board Kyro, and also provide heating for the neighboring district of Hämeenkyrӧ. After the start-up of the plant, CO2 emissions from the Kyro mill will be reduced by approximately 100,000 metric tpa (110,000 tpa), to about a quarter of previous levels.