Smurfit Kappa RB at Nettingsdorf mill is part of €134-M investment plan

Dublin, Ireland-based Smurfit Kappa marked the beginning of the rebuild of a recovery boiler with a ground-breaking ceremony at its Nettingsdorf paper mill in Austria.

The project is the latest milestone in Smurfit Kappa’s Future Energy Plant project. The new RB will increase the profitability and sustainability of the mill and is part of a €134-million investment in Nettingsdorf

The boiler will further boost energy optimization at the mill, which has already seen a 34% increase in productivity since becoming part of Smurfit Kappa in 1995. By recovering energy from the biomass contained in black liquor from pulp production, the new boiler is set to cut CO2 emissions by 40,000 tonnes (kt), or about two-thirds of the current emissions at the site, and 1.5% of those from the whole Smurfit Kappa Group.

Over the next two years, the Future Energy Plant project will also involve developing a new steam turbine, as well as several extensions and adjustments to upstream and downstream plants.

Founded in 1851 and with over 360 employees, Nettingsdorf is one of Smurfit Kappa’s most efficient paper mills and one of the leading producers of kraftliner in Europe. The mill produces about 450 kt/y of paper.

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