K-C invests $150 million in Chester mill energy upgrades

Kimberly-Clark Corp. is investing over $150 million in energy upgrades for its mill in Chester, PA. The three-year project includes replacing an on-site coal-fired plant with a more efficient gas-fired one.

The mill mainly manufactures Scott bath tissue for the North American market, producing two million rolls of toilet paper daily. In addition to the company’s investment, the project received a $6-million grant from Pennsylvania’s Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program administered by the Delaware County Commerce Center.

The project would substantially reduce the amount of greenhouse gas emissions and eliminate the need for 75 truck trips per day related to the use of waste coal at the plant.

Last year, Kimberly- Clark announced plans for a $75-million combined heatpower plant at its mill in Mobile, AL, to increase the mill’s efficiency while lowering longterm costs and emissions. Start-up is expected during 1Q2019. Another co-generation project is underway at its tissue mill in Puenta Piedra, Peru.

Also last year, K-C said it would take 120 MW or 78% of the electricity to be generated by the Rock Falls Wind project being developed by EDF Renewables in northern Oklahoma and 125 MW or 42% of the electricity to be generated by the Santa Rita Wind Energy Center being built by Invenergy in West Texas. This renewable energy will enable Kimberly-Clark to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by up to 550,000 tonnes/year, equivalent to removing 116,178 passenger vehicles from the road or not burning nearly 600 million pounds of coal annually.

For 2022, K-C’s goal is an absolute 20% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions compared to a 2005 baseline. Kimberly-Clark


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