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E.ON to build biomass power plant at German paper mill

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E.ON has unveiled plans to invest around €110 million to install a biomass power plant at a paper mill facility in Germany. The plant will have an electrical output of 20MW and a thermal firing capacity of 87MW, as well as supplying heat to UPM’s Hürth paper mill and helping to reduce its carbon footprint. The facility will also feed renewable energy into the grid.

Winfried Schaur, executive vice president at UPM Communication Papers, said: “The new supply would significantly reduce UPM Hürth’s CO2 footprint. The project supports the long-term phase-out of coal-fired power generation in Germany.

“The new plant ensures a stable and economically predictable supply of heat to the site and would make our production cycle in Hürth, which is already based on 100% recovered paper, even more sustainable.”

E.ON board member Karsten Wildberger said: “Together with UPM, we will demonstrate that it’s possible to supply an energy-intensive industrial company with an economical and reliable CO2-neutral energy supply.

“We will be contributing our experience and mature technology to the partnership. UPM and E.ON will thus set an example of climate-friendly energy supply for industry that goes far beyond the paper industry.”

E.ON’s new biomass project is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2022 and is expected to create more than 30 jobs.