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Pro-Gest investment at Cartiera Villa Lagarina in Italy targets district heating

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Pro-Gest investment at Cartiera Villa Lagarina in Italy targets district heating

July 29, 2013 - 14:58

BRUSSELS, July 25, 2013 (PPI Europe) - Pro-Gest will invest in a heat exchanger in order to recover heat from its Cartiera Villa Lagarina paper mill, located in northern Italy, and distribute this to the municipalities of Villa Lagarina, Nogaredo and Pomarolo.

The heat exchanger will cost Euro 1 million ($1.3 million), of which Pro-Gest will pay Euro 550,000 while the Autonomous province of Trento will cover the rest. The municipal administration of Villa Lagarina, Nogaredo and Pomarolo will build a district heating network covering all three municipalities, which will cost Euro 2 million.

"The heat exchanger will take about two weeks to install. The piping to connect the exchanger to the distribution point will be prepared before. Timing for this project is all in the hands of the municipality of Villa Lagarina and its ability to find the resources needed to build the tele-heating network," a spokesperson for Pro-Gest said.

"We agreed to begin our installation work for the exchanger at the same time as the municipality begins its work for the network," he said, adding that the mayor of Villa Lagarina believes work will start within two years from the agreement's establishment.

When everything has been built, Pro-Gest will supply free hot water to public buildings such as town halls, schools and sports fields in the three municipalities for a period of 20 years.

The district heating project follows a Euro 13 million investment at Cartiera Villa Lagarina, made in 2005. Pro-Gest then built a cogeneration plant at the facility, which made the factory fully energy self-sufficient. The cogeneration plant was started up in 2011 and can generate 84 steam tonnes/hour and 25 MWh electricity. It runs solely on natural gas.

Cartiera Villa Lagarina operates two PMs with a combined capacity of some 250,000 tonnes/yr of recycled containerboard and around 36,000 tonnes/yr of tissue.