Ljusne, Sweden

Stora Enso to invest in pellet production

Stora Enso, based in Helsinki, Finland, will invest $17.37 million to start pellet production and to renew the boiler at its Ala Sawmill in Ljusne, Sweden. The investment allows the group to turn the sawdust byproduct into pellets, a source of renewable energy. The move is in line with the group’s strategy to expand its production of high value-added wood products, the company reports.

The company says the integrated pellet production at the sawmill will secure the best product quality and manufacturing efficiency, while the boiler investment will improve the cost efficiency and environmental performance of the mill. Pellet production is estimated to start during the second quarter of 2017.

Stora Enso also plans to invest $10.86 million to renew the boiler at its Honkalahti Sawmill in Finland.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Shanks Group loads first shipment of Icopower pellets

Shanks Group, based in the United Kingdom, has sent its first shipment of Icopower energy pellets from its Amsterdam loading facility.

The waste management company invested in its own quay in the Amsterdam port to underpin the servicing of a six-year contract with Heidelberg Cement Group. Under the contract, Shanks supplies 54,000 metric tons per year of Icopower energy pellets used to power cement kilns and to produce cement clinker. In addition to driving efficiency on the contract, the opening of the quay will optimize operations and save significant costs, Shanks says.

Also supporting the contract is a new 2,300-square-meter storage shed that opened in September at Shanks’ Icova site in Amsterdam. The storage shed stores the Icopower energy pellets ahead of their shipment to Shanks’ customers in Scandinavia.

Bangalore, India

Shell to install waste-to-biofuels plant

Shell India Markets Pvt. Ltd. (SIMPL) will install a 5-metric-tons-per-day IH2 technology demonstration plant at SIMPL’s new Technology Centre in Bangalore, India. SIMPL will build, operate and own the demonstration-scale IH2 plant.

Shell describes IH2 technology as a continuous catalytic thermo-chemical process that converts a broad range of forestry/agricultural residues and municipal wastes directly into renewable hydrocarbon transportation fuels and/or blend stocks. The IH2 technology was developed by U.S.-based Gas Technology Institute in 2009 and is being further developed in collaboration with CRI Catalyst Co. (CRI), Shell’s catalyst business. CRI will supply the catalysts for the unit. The basic engineering package for the plant will be provided by Zeton Inc. of Canada.

Commercial feedstocks, including residual woody biomass and select agricultural and municipal residues, will be within the intended feed scope.