American pulp and paper company Georgia-Pacific is planning to invest approximately $375m in an energy improvement project at its mill in Brewton, Alabama.

The project will modernise and streamline the existing equipment in the mill’s recovery boiler system. It will enable the company to become self-sufficient in terms of the energy needed for processes.

Construction on the proposed project will begin within next few months and it is expected to be completed over the next two years. During the construction phase, the project is expected to create 600 new jobs.

Georgia-Pacific Brewton mill vice president and general manager Jeff Joyce said that the project will improve the company’s competitive advantage and enhance the long-term viability of the mill.

"While we are now gearing up for construction, our teams have been planning and preparing for this project since 2013, including ordering equipment and pre-constructing some components," he said.

Alabama Governor Robert Bentley said: "During the construction phase hundreds of workers are projected to be on site daily which will have a positive impact on the local economy."

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The Brewton mill employs around 450 people to manufacture white-top linerboard and solid bleached cartonboard. Georgia-Pacific has recently invested nearly $11bn into operations across the US, including approximately $1.4bn in Alabama.

Image: Georgia-Pacific plans a $375m investment in the Brewton mill. Photo: courtesy of PRNewswire / Georgia-Pacific.