APP's Guangxi Jingui Pulp & Paper Mill Recognized for Waste Water Treatment Technology

Asia Pulp & Paper's alkaline recycling facility, which is part of Jingui Pulp & Paper's waste water treatment project in Guangxi Province, China.

Aug. 28, 2012 - Asia Pulp & Paper (APP) announced that it has been recognized for its use of innovative technologies with Guangxi Jingui Pulp & Paper’s waste water treatment project as a Key Technology R&D Program of China by the Guangxi Province’s Science and Technology Bureau1.

The R&D program, into which APP-China will inject a total investment of 200 million yuan (USD $32 million), enhances waste water treatment from chemi-mechanical pulp production with high-grade oxidization technologies. It was selected by the Guangxi Province’s Science and Technology Bureau as one of the Key Technology R&D Programmes among multi-billion dollar industries in 2012.

Jingui Pulp & Paper is one of APP-China’s large-scale mill facilities and started pulp production in 2011. According to APP, it is the first enterprise to develop and employ this advanced technology for waste water treatment in chemi-mechanical pulp production. The process incorporates an alkaline recycling system that distills waste water and converts organic waste material into energy. At the same time, alkaline residues in the waste water are recycled and reused, ultimately enhancing energy conservation, emission reduction and clean production, APP said.

By deploying this innovative system, Jingui Pulp & Paper is able to recycle 95% of the water used in chemi-mechanical pulp production. It also enables the company to reuse 93% of alkaline in its waste water, while conserving energy equivalent to 33,000 tons of standard coal each year, APP noted.

In addition to this, another one of APP-China’s major mills — Gold East Paper — was also recognized as one of the leading Energy Efficient and Environment Friendly Companies in China, along with another 79 business organizations.

"Cleaner production is one of the three key sustainable pledges APP-China strictly follows in our operations, in addition to sustainable plantation management and corporate social responsibility," said Sophy Huang, PR Director of APP-China.

"The next four to five years will be a critical period for China’s paper industry to overcome the challenges raised by the lack of raw materials as the industry strives to reduce environmental pollution. Sustainability will be the prime focus of China’s paper industry going forward, and only by developing business operations in a sustainable manner can China’s paper industry hope to take a leading role in the world," Huang added.

Registered in Singapore in October 1994, Asia Pulp & Paper Group (APP) is one of the world’s leading pulp and paper companies and is ranked one of the largest vertically-integrated pulp and paper producers in Asia. Since APP started investing in China in the early 1990s, it has over 20 pulp and paper mills in the form of subsidiaries or joint ventures, as well as forest plantations with a total area over 300,000 hectares. With over 39,200 employees, APP-China had a total production capability of 9.5 million tons in 2011.

Note: 1 The Guangxi Province’s Science and Technology Bureau is a bureau under the Ministry of Science and Technology of People's Republic of China, a ministry of government which coordinates and regulates science and technology activities in the country.

SOURCE: Asia Pulp & Paper Group