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Today (April 26) Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson told a group of reporters and state dignitaries that China-based Sun Paper will construct its previously announced $1 billion pulp mill/biorefinery in Arkadelphia (Clark County), Ark., USA.
According to a report Tuesday (June 14) by Engineering News (Bedfordview, South Africa), Sappi (Johannesburg, South Africa) is preparing to explore and optimize the extraction of biorenewable chemicals after signing an agreement with global supplier Valmet to build a second-generation sugar extraction demonstration plant at the company's Ngodwana mill.
Andritz, Austria, has received an order from the regional Danish municipality, Helsingør Kraftvarmeværk A/S, to deliver a biomass boiler island for its combined heat and power plant.
Alberta Innovates Bio Solutions (AI Bio), Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, has approved nearly $13 million in funding for 61 projects by researchers and companies. The grants are for the development of new industrial bioproducts or technologies using Alberta agriculture and forestry byproducts or other biomass.
Renmatix, Philadelphia, Pa., USA, a leader in affordable cellulosic sugars, has announced a $14 million investment, led by Bill Gates. Industry demand for competitive alternatives to petro-derived molecules is gaining traction, despite recent market pressures, Renmatix emphasized.
The VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland will conduct a free webinar on Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, on Low CAPEX Solutions for Thermomechanical Biorefinery Investments. The webinar will focus on new technologies for converting residues and waste to high-value products. It will take place at 3 p.m. London time, 10 a.m. New York time, and 5 p.m. Helsinki time.
Dutch Minister of Economic Affairs Henk Kamp, Eneco, and Groningen Seaports this week opened a facility that will supply steam from biomass to the chemical park at Delfzijl in the Netherlands, primarily for AkzoNobel's Specialty Chemicals site.
According to a report this week by The Bangor Daily News, Bangor, Me., USA, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Washington, D.C., has awarded the Maine Forest Service a $380,000 grant to develop programs to help a forest product industry hit by a sharp decline in demand for softwood species.
Valmet, Finland, and Biochemtex, Tortona (AL), Italy, will start to cooperate in the field of conversion of lignin into biochemicals.
Valmet, Finland, will supply a sulfuric acid plant to Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland, for in-house sulfuric acid production.
UPM Shotton (U.K.), a leading producer of 100% recycled newsprint, this week announced the group's facility ran on 100% renewable energy for a 4 week period earlier this year, following a connection to the U.K.’s largest solar park on the Deeside Industrial Estate in North Wales.
UPM (Helsinki, Finland) reported this week that Sari Mannonen has been appointed VP responsible for UPM Biofuels Strategic Business Unit as of August 9.
Appleton Coated, Combined Locks, Wis., USA, is one of the 100 Top Partner companies recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) this week for its use of Green Power.
Licella Fibre Fuels Ltd., Australia, and Canfor Pulp Products Inc. (CPPI), through its subsidiary Canfor Pulp Ltd., Vancouver, B.C., Canada, have signed an agreement to form a joint-venture under the name Licella Pulp Joint Venture.
Evoqua, Warrendale, Pa., USA, was selected by energy developer DCO Energy LLC to provide equipment and services for a new $200 million, 50 MW biomass/wood waste-to-energy cogeneration project for Procter & Gamble Co. in Albany, Georgia. The new plant, to be built by DCO Energy, will provide 100% of the steam energy used by P&G's Albany manufacturing facility. The steam will be used mainly for drying tissue paper.
American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA), Washington, D.C., USA, President and CEO Donna Harman this past week released a statement in regard to the European Commission’s recent proposal to integrate the land use and forestry sector into its Climate and Energy framework.
Nippon Paper Industries USA (NPI), Port Angeles, Wash., USA, reports that its Port Angeles pulp and paper mill and its newly built biomass cogeneration plant are being marketed for sale by PricewaterhouseCoopers Corporate Finance LLC in southwest British Columbia. There is no sign the mill, which employed 160 as of June 2015, would be closed, said City Manager Dan McKeen in a report by the area-based Peninsula Daily News.
Valmet (Espoo, Finland) announced Monday (July 4) that the company will deliver a biomass-fired boiler plant and related automation and environmental systems to Segezha Pulp and Paper Mill (Segezha PPM) in the Republic of Karelia, Russia.
"Rottneros (Rotternos, Sweden) earlier this year announced a SEK 98 Million investment program at Rottneros Bruk.
Vinnova (Sweden’s innovation agency) has decided to prolong its investment in the growth initiative The Biorefinery of the Future and SP Processum for another three years with a total of SEK 14 million.