What’s New… (October 01, 2007)
By Pulp & Paper Canada
By Pulp & Paper Canada
BURLINGTON, ON — Endress+Hauser didn’t need one of its renowned measurement instruments to determine it needed to expand its head-office facility on Sutton Drive. Sustained growth and an increasing lack of space provided enough incentive for the company to invest in a $2 million upgrade.
The expansion project, which should be finished by the end of 2007, will see Endress+Hauser’s Canadian headquarters increase to almost 28,000 square feet from the current 16,000 square feet.
MEADOW LAKE GETS WRAPPED
MEADOW LAKE, AB — Meadow Lake CTMP pulp mill will have two new Roboapplyer-roll wrapping machines supplied by Metso, which will replace existing EAC sheet-wrapping machines in the mill’s flash-drying line for pulp. The modernization will lower the cost both for wires and wrapping.
The Roboapplyers will be installed in one line at the time to keep the production running. Both machines will be started up during April 2008.
The new high-capacity machines uses paper for wrapping and are commonly used for flash-dried pulp, as well as for sheeted pulp when bar codes are to be printed on the bale. Overlapping the ends of the wrapper underneath the bale saves the cost of one to two baling wires.
KEMIRA IN RUSSIA
HELSINKI, FINLAND — Kemira has established a new company in St. Petersburg to look after the sales and marketing of pulp and paper chemicals in Russia. The company, OOO Kemira HIM, will function as the main contact to customers in Russia. Sales and marketing connections will be transferred there from the joint venture ZAO Kemira-Novo, which will continue to manufacture paper sizing chemicals in Arkangelsk.
GLV OBTAINS NEW CONTRACTS
MONTREAL, QC – GLV’s Pulp and Paper Group has been awarded several large-scale contracts totalling close to $19 million. Through its new technology centre in Karlstad (Sweden), the P&P Group notably won a contract worth more than $7 M to design, manufacture and deliver, by the fall of 2008 two Compact Press wash press systems, along with installation, start-up and employee training services. This contract is part of a project to upgrade Portucel’s pulp mill located in Setbal, Portugal. The P&P Group has also been awarded a mandate to rebuild and modernize some existing equipment of a U.S. pulp and paper producer by September 2008. The other contracts involve China, India, Russia and Sweden.
CLIMATECHECK AND SRC COOPERATE
OTTAWA, ON — ClimateCHECK has entered into a cooperative agreement with the Saskatchewan Research Council (SRC) to provide advisory and verification services for technologies related to greenhouse gas projects to mitigate climate change.
Carbon forestry involves using trees to take the carbon out of the atmosphere, reducing levels of GHGs. Improving upon the management of existing forests and establishing new forests are first steps to making a real difference.
The cooperative agreement enables ClimateCHECK and SRC to collaborate in providing advisory and verification services on GHG projects, with a particular emphasis on carbon forestry projects throughout North America based on the new ISO 14064 GHG Standards and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development and World Resources Institute GHG Protocol for Projects.
ENERGY FROM PAPERMAKING
UNIVERSITY PARK, PA — Adding a little coal and processing the papermaking industry’s black liquor waste into synthesis gas is a better choice than burning it for heat, improves the carbon footprint of coal-to-liquid processes, and can produce a fuel versatile enough to run a cooking stove or a truck, according to a team of Penn state engineers.
“Black liquor is routinely burned in a recovery boiler,” says Andre Boehman, professor of fuel science. “But it has more energy value as a synthesis gas which is then used to create other fuels.”
Normally, after burning, mills extract the inorganic chemicals and recycle them. Synthesis gas or syngas can be made from a variety of organic wastes and is a combination of hydrogen and carbon monoxide. The final product looked at by the researchers is DME or dimethyl ether.
“DME could be used as a fuel for cooking in the U.S. and Japan,” says Boehman. “DME has recently grown in both production and use and is replacing coal for home heating and cooking in China.” Converting black liquor and coal into DME also releases less carbon as carbon dioxide into the atmosphere than if coal alone was used to produce the fuel. Some of the carbon from these sources remains sequestered in solid form and do not add to global warming.