Sodra Cell Varo to Begin Two Energy Projects

Sodra Cell Varo pulp mill in Varberg, Sweden.

June 5, 2012 - Sodra Cell said that it will implement two energy projects at its pulp mill in Varberg, Sweden — Sodra Cell Varo — which include a new lime kiln and a new pelleting plant.

"These investments will allow us to further improve energy efficiency at Varo, while at the same time creating profitable processing of our members' wood," said Gunilla Saltin, Acting CEO of the Sodra Group and President of Sodra Cell.

According to Sodra, the new lime kiln will help reduce the consumption of oil and bark, using biofuel in the form of wood powder instead. The lime kiln will allow lime to be reused in pulp production.

The existing lime kiln at Sodra Cell Varo does not have sufficient capacity to manage sustainably the lime production needed at the mill, the company noted.

The project also includes construction of a new pelleting plant which will supply biofuel to both external customers and the new lime kiln. The raw material for the pelleting plant will come from Sodra Timber's sawmill in Varo.

Increasing production at the new sawmill will also increase volumes of sawdust and planer shavings, Sodra said. The investment will allow these byproducts to be turned into a biofuel with a high energy content which is suitable for sale, but can also be used as a fuel in the new lime kiln, the company added.

"At Varo, we have access to raw materials in the form of shavings and the energy to dry the shavings to form pellets. This means that everything is in place to provide cost-effective production of a highly processed biofuel," Saltin concluded.

Sodra expects that the new lime kiln and pelleting plant will be commissioned in late 2013.

Sodra Cell Varo produces 425,000 tonnes per year of high quality totally chlorine-free softwood pulp.

SOURCE: Sodra Cell