Norske Skog Saugbrugs invests NOK 165 million in energy-efficient measures

Oslo, Norway - ENOVA and the NOX-Fund have allocated a total of NOK (Norwegian Krones) 66 million to help maximize energy efficiency measures at Norske Skog Saugbrugs which is part of the Halden Norway mill’s planned NOK 165 million in energy-efficient upgrade.

The mill is already considered one of the world’s most energy efficient processes for the production of thermo mechanical pulp (TMP) for magazine paper. The new measures will take the company another step towards even lower energy consumption.

“We want to create groundbreaking, low-energy consumption in our fibre production. Saugbrugs will be the benchmark for the industry, and with these energy measures, we also want to create good overall profitability at the mill, said Kjell-Arve Kure, managing director of Norske Skog Saugbrugs.

Saugbrugs has received support for two different energy-reducing projects, both of which will significantly reduce energy consumption. The NEXT project aims to reduce the electrical energy consumption in wood pulp production by around 90 GWh / year, which reduces the efficiency of normal operation by approximately 11 MW. Enova has allocated up to NOK 37 million for the NEXT project. The Therminator project has a goal of reducing thermal energy consumption. This will result in an annual saving of 127 GWh. The NOX Fund has pledged support of up to NOK 29 million.

“The project is exciting and motivating for our highly competent staff. We will in a new way integrate and optimize a combination of different technologies that will give us great energy- reducing effects,” said Kure.

Norske Skog ASA CEO Sven Ombudstvedt said:”Norske Skog Saugbrugs has for a long time delivered promising energy-efficient results, and now we have great ambitions to change the world view on energy efficiency. Enova has for a long time followed the research and development work at the company and has been impressed.”

“Utilizing energy and resources more efficiently is central to the transition of Norway to a low-emission society. Norske Skog Saugbrugs is an example of one of several Norwegian industrial companies that have world-class energy efficiency work. Now they are taking a step further. In Halden, this project will contribute to a significant decline in electricity consumption, said Enova’s strategy director Tonje Foss.

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