MeadWestvaco to Begin Renewable Energy Project at Evadale Mill in Texas

Sept. 8, 2010 - MeadWestvaco, VOW Resources and Zera Energy today announced a strategic, collaborative development effort to enable the conversion of organic waste streams into biogas and other value added products.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

According to MeadWestvaco, the companies will immediately begin construction on a demonstration plant adjacent to MeadWestvaco’s Evadale, Texas, mill.

VOW Resources, an organic waste management and resource recovery company, will provide the design, engineering and testing of the process to be used at the plant; Zera Energy will be responsible for the construction and operation of the plant; and MeadWestvaco will determine the technical and commercial feasibility of the biogas generation process and, upon successful testing, will apply the technology to its waste treatment operations.

"This is an exciting opportunity to apply advancements in green technology to enhance our operations and generate renewable energy sources," said Jim Gresham, vice president, MeadWestvaco's Evadale Operations.

"We anticipate numerous benefits from this collaborative effort, including reducing consumption of water and natural gas, lowering our landfill requirements and creating a valuable organic fertilizer," he added.

Construction of the demonstration plant is expected to be complete around November of 2010, MeadWestvaco said.

SOURCE: MeadWestvaco Corp.