Norske Skog Skogn Inaugurates New Eco-Friendly Thermomechanical Production Line

Source: Norske Skog

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Norske Skog Skogn AS, a leading paper manufacturer, has officially opened its new thermomechanical production (TMP) line, marking a significant milestone in the company's commitment to sustainability and operational efficiency.

The inauguration ceremony, held June 25, was attended by Skogn employees, contributing external companies, and Nina Bakken Bye, the Acting Mayor of Levanger.

This new TMP line represents a major step forward in Norske Skog Skogn's production capabilities and environmental initiatives. Key features of the project, dubbed "Switch," include:

  1. Replacement of expensive recycled paper with fresh fiber, improving cost-effectiveness and product quality.
  2. Utilization of over 70% second-hand equipment, resulting in approximately 500 tons of CO2 emissions reduction and significant cost savings.
  3. An impressive 80% reduction in fossil CO2 emissions and a 40% decrease in NOx emissions.
  4. An estimated 60% reduction in ash production, further minimizing environmental impact.

Håvard Busklein, Managing Director at Skogn, emphasized the company's focus on sustainability throughout the value chain. He praised the innovative approach of reusing equipment from other mills that have closed or converted their production, highlighting how this strategy created a cost-effective project while aligning with environmental goals.

The successful completion of the project on time and within budget was attributed to the collaborative efforts of Norske Skog Skogn employees and external partners. Key figures in the project's realization included Arild Hegdal (Process Manager), Hågen Buran (Project Manager of the new steam converter), and Roger Mathisen (Project Manager of Switch).

This investment aligns with Norske Skog's broader strategy to enhance competitiveness while improving environmental performance. The new TMP line not only reduces variable costs but also significantly decreases the mill's environmental footprint, positioning Norske Skog Skogn as a leader in sustainable paper production.