Norske Skog Skogn will invest around NOK 180 million ($18.2 million), after NOK 40-50 million ($4-5 million) in grant funding from the NOx fund, in a new thermomechanical production line (TMP) that will replace expensive recycled paper with fresh fiber. The new TMP line will reduce variable costs, significantly reduce NOx and fossil CO2 emissions, and reduce landfilled waste. Start-up is expected in the first half of 2024.
Today, newsprint is produced at Norske Skog Skogn with a pulp mix, consisting of wood fiber and recycled paper. The investment will replace the use of expensive recycled paper fiber with fresh wood fiber in newsprint production. The production capacity of thermomechanical wood pulp will increase by 100,000 tonnes.
The investment will significantly reduce Norske Skog Skogn’s emissions of fossil CO2 and NOx. A fossil CO2 reduction of around 80% has been calculated, and NOx emissions will be reduced by around 40%. The ash reduction is estimated at around 60%. Ash from fresh fiber has smaller amounts of residual materials, and has several application opportunities that will be investigated.
It is not only the result of the project that will lead to reduced emissions. In order to reduce CO2 emissions and reduce investment costs, Norske Skog Skogn will purchase machinery and equipment from a closed paper mill in Sweden instead of buying new equipment.
Norske Skog is a world-leading producer of publication paper with strong market positions and customer relations in Europe and Australasia.