December 30, 2008
New pulping system recycles excess heat
By Bert Caldwell - Staff writer
New equipment for converting wood chips into pulp will reduce natural gas consumption at the Inland Empire Paper Co. by as much as 75 percent and carbon dioxide emissions by 33,000 tons annually, President Wayne Andresen said Monday.
The $40 million investment will also allow the mill to slightly increase output, to about 570 tons per day, Andresen said.
Andresen said the new thermal-mechanical pulping system reduces gas consumption by using heat produced during the pulping process to dry the finished paper. The pulping equipment in the plant today dates to the 1960s, he said. Learn more...