Metsä Tissue to receive LNG from Skangas for paper-drying process

P&PC Staff
September 27, 2018
By P&PC Staff
September 27, 2018 - Metsä Tissue and Skangas have entered into an agreement that will see Skangas supply liquefied natural gas (LNG) to the Mänttä tissue paper mill in Finland for production process use.

LNG will replace liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) in the paper-drying process at Mänttä. The company says the fuel switch from LPG to LNG will improve competitiveness and cut the company’s carbon dioxide emissions.

LNG will be delivered to the Mänttä mill by road tanker from the Skangas Pori LNG terminal. Before being used, LNG will be regasified at the mill. In cooperation with its parent company, Gasum, Skangas will carry out the modification and equipment installation work relating to the fuel change.

”We’re aiming to constantly improve the mill’s environmental performance. LNG will reduce carbon dioxide emissions from our production, which was the decisive factor in our decision to make the switch,” says Kari Karttunen, Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill manager. ”We celebrated the 150th anniversary of the Mänttä mill in September. We’re developing our operations so that we’ll be producing tissue and cooking papers sustainably in the future, too.”

”It's great that Metsä Tissue switches to cleaner energy and at the same time the Finnish LNG market grows. LNG is an excellent alternative as a fuel for the various paper industry processes and also for energy production,” says Skangas CEO Kimmo Rahkamo.

The Metsä Tissue Mänttä mill produces toilet tissues, household towels, handkerchiefs, industrial rolls and greaseproof paper for baking and cooking products. The mill has three tissue paper machines, one greaseproof paper machine and 11 converting lines for tissue paper.

LNG can be used to replace the use of petroleum-based fuels in industry, energy production and heavy-duty road transport. Using LNG instead of oil helps achieve significant cuts in particulate as well as sulfur dioxide, carbon dioxide and nitrogen oxide emissions. The use of LNG also enables a switch to liquefied biogas (LBG) without any additional investments. LNG meets the requirements set by the EU Sulphur Directive regulating shipping emissions as well as the stricter emission limits to be applied in the future.

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