SCA to Install New Biofuel Lime Kiln at Munksund Mill in Sweden

Oct. 18, 2012 - SCA said that it will invest approximately SEK 490 million in a bio-fuelled lime kiln at the Munksund paper mill in Pitea in northern Sweden.

The new lime kiln, which replaces an old oil-fuelled lime kiln at the mill, will lead to annual cost savings of about SEK 50 million, along with reducing fossil (carbon dioxide) emissions by 75 percent.

“The technology to use wood pellets instead of fuel oil for an advanced installation such as a lime kiln, has been developed at SCA’s Ostrand pulp mill in Timra,” said Ulf Larsson, president of SCA Forest Products. “The very good experience from there is now brought into the project in Munksund.”

Apart from the lime kiln, the project includes an electro-precipitator and other supporting equipment, along with equipment for the processing and storing of wood pellets.

The new lime kiln will allow for a certain increase in the production of packaging paper at the mill, but more importantly it will allow for a continued positive development of production and products at the Munksund paper mill, SCA said

SCA expects the new lime kiln to be operational in the fall of 2014.

SCA's Munksund mill produces 365,000 tonnes of kraftliner per year on one paper machine.