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Combined heat and power plant to cut paper mill carbon emissions


A new combined heat and power plant (CHP) which will cut the Arjo Wiggins paper mill's carbon emissions by more than 80,000 tonnes a year is to be built at the mill's Stoneywood site.

Members of Aberdeen City Council's Development Management Sub-Committee unanimously approved the plans for a the CHP biomass plant which will burn wood fibre and provide heat, in the form of hot water and steam, and electricity to the national grid. It will provide 90% of the paper mill's heat requirements and save more than 80,000 tonnes of CO2 annually, through the heat and power it creates.

The plant will help ensure the future of the paper mill by reliably supplying energy at a less volatile price and helping reduce its carbon emissions. It will also help provide a new market within the local forestry industry by using wood for which there is currently no market, which will lead to better woodland management.

Committee convener Councillor Ramsay Milne said: "The carbon savings of 80,000 tonnes a year will contribute to the city's efforts to meet our targets on carbon reduction and combat global warming. I'm hopeful that the electricity produced could be used for other future developments.

"I welcome the increased viability of a long-established local industry and hope that the plan will safeguard jobs for many years to come."