Holmen Paper to Invest SEK 200 Million in Energy Efficiency Project At Hallsta Mill

Holmen Paper's Hallsta Mill in Sweden.

Feb. 7, 2013 - Holmen Paper said that it plans to invest SEK 200 million (approx. USD 31 million) in restructuring the energy supply at its Hallsta Paper Mill in Sweden. This is the single largest investment in the mill since the PM 11 was built in 2002, the company said.

The planned measures strengthen the mill’s competitiveness and form part of the transition to a two-machine mill.

In October 2012, Holmen announced that it would close down one of the mill's three paper machines, PM 3, during the second half of 2013. The paper machine manufactures 140,000 tonnes of SC paper annually "for a market with excessive overcapacity," the company said.

“We’re providing Hallsta Paper Mill with completely new opportunities for the future,” said Henrik Sjolund, head of Holmen Paper. “By improving heat recovery from paper machines and pulp manufacture, we’ll be able to run the mill in a more energy-efficient manner.”

The restructuring also involves closing two old solid fuel boilers, which will be possible when PM 3 is closed during the second half of 2013, the company noted.

The project also includes more modern and efficient monitoring of the process.

“These investments will make Hallsta Paper Mill a modern mill with two paper machines that occupy leading positions in their niches: magazine and book paper," Sjolund said. "The mill will also be a significant supplier of biofuel as we will have a surplus of bark that was previously burned in the solid fuel boilers."

Holmen expects to complete the project by the summer of 2014.

The Hallsta Mill is an integrated facility producing thermomechanical (TMP) and groundwood pulp and MF-Magazine, SC-paper and book paper. The mill has an annual capacity of 670,000 tonnes.

SOURCE: Holmen Paper