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Gasum to produce liquefied biogas at Stora Enso Nymölla Mill

Finland-headed gas major Gasum Oy and compatriot forest industry major Stora Enso have signed a contract to build a biogas plant at Stora Enso’s Nymölla pulp and paper mill in Sweden. The plant, which will be built and operated by Gasum, will turn the mill’s wastewater effluent into renewable energy.

“We are happy to be part of a project that will turn waste into valuable renewable energy. For Stora Enso, substituting fossil-based fuels in our society with renewable solutions is a vital way to combat global warming. The cooperation with Gasum is a good example of the collaborative efforts Stora Enso is taking to do this,” said Michael Lindemann, Mill Director at Nymölla Mill (photo courtesy Stora Enso).

Gasum plans to produce liquefied biogas (LBG) and sell it as a transportation fuel for cars, buses, trucks, and ferries. The Nymölla biogas plant project includes biogas production, upgrading, and liquefaction. The expected LBG production of the plant is 220 MWh per day. Start-up is expected during 2020.

The total investment volume of the project for Gasum is around EUR 27 million and for Stora Enso around EUR 5 million. In December 2017, Gasum AB, the Swedish subsidiary, revealed that it has been awarded a SEK 121.5 million (≈ EUR 12.7 million) investment grant by the Swedish Environmental Protection Agency (Naturvårdsverket) under the Climate Leap (Klimatklivet) programme for a project to produce, upgrade and liquefy biogas from industrial wastewater treatment.

We are pleased about the circular economy cooperation with the Stora Enso’s paper and pulp mill at Nymölla. The biogas plant is a sustainable solution for the processing of wastewater. Gasum is actively building a gas ecosystem for industry, marine, and road transport segment in the Nordics. Due to increasing demand for low-emission traffic, we are planning to build a considerably large number of gas filling stations for the heavy-duty vehicle segment in Sweden, said Johanna Lamminen, CEO of Gasum.

Located in southern Sweden, Stora Enso’s Nymölla Mill has an annual production capacity of 340 000 tonnes pulp and 485 000 tonnes woodfree uncoated (WFU) paper for office and postal use. Stora Enso’s well-known office paper brand Multicopy is produced in Nymölla (photo courtesy Stora Enso).

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