Packaging and paper company Mondi Group subsidiary Mondi Syktyvkar has completed a key step in the upgrade of its power plant.

The pulp and paper producer, which produces newsprint, containerboard and market pulp, invested around €135m for the project.

As part of the upgrade, it installed bark boiler, new steam turbine and upgrade of power distribution network.

The investment is in line with Mondi’s aim to shift to a low-carbon economy and reduces the mill’s CO2 footprint by more than 200,000t annually.

The company aims to reduce CO2 by c.4% across its operations.

Mondi Syktyvkar worked with Valmet as the main equipment supplier to execute this transformation. This project will allow the plant to significantly improve its environmental performance and to decrease greenhouse gas emissions.

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Mondi Syktyvkar managing director Klaus Peller said: “The power plant is a key part of the mill infrastructure. It also provides over 15% of electric energy demand within the Komi Republic and is a single heating source for the Ezhva district with a population of 60,000 people.

“Through significant investment and efforts of a highly professional team, we have installed a state of the art power plant which will ensure stable generation of heat and electric energy for the mill and the surrounding region, and reduce the overall environmental footprint of the mill as we move towards a low-carbon economy.”

Last month, Mondi enhanced its recycled paper operations by launching three new products including NAUTILUS ProCycle, NAUTILUS ProCycle high-speed inkjet and NAUTILUS SuperWhite for HP Indigo under the NAUTILUS brand.