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New biomass plant at Spanish paper mill

Paper-based packaging company Smurfit Kappa (SK) has added a new steam cogeneration plant at its paper mill in Nevrion, Spain.

The 21.4MW facility is part of a €20 million ($25.1 million) investment project by SK to produce energy from biomass as it aims to reduce fossil CO₂ emissions. It also increases the mill’s energy generation capacity by 40% to over 120,000 MWh.

‘The objective of this energy project has been to increase the mill’s thermal and electrical energy generation by increasing the installed equipment efficiency and the capacity of the forest waste treatment plant,’ says SK Nervion’s general manager Rafael Sarrionandia.

The plant project has been ongoing since 2009 and is part of a series of strategic and environmental programmes initiated by SK to reinforce its commitment to green energy and sustainable forest management.