Estonian Cell, the mechanical aspen pulp mill of Heinzel Holding GmbH in Estonia, produced 7.7 million m3 of biogas in 2016, compared to 5 million m3 in 2015, and contributing to replacing nearly 50 GWh of natural gas by biogas. According to the announcement, the new biogas plant features a state-of-the-art technology, providing an innovative solution in the context of pulp production. The plant has the largest single biogas reactor in Europe.
In 2014, Estonian Cell put BCTMP pulp mill-linked biogas plant into operation. This involved spending of EUR 11 million and constituted the largest international investment in Estonia during 2014. It has not only enhanced the energy efficiency of the mill, but has made a significant contribution to cost cutting, as the expenditure on natural gas for pulp drying has been markedly reduced. This scaling down of the mill’s CO2 emissions was acknowledged with the bestowal of Estonia’s 2014 Environmental Award for Business.
Estonian Cell started its aspen pulp production in 2006. With original investment EUR 153 million, the facility is one of the largest foreign greenfield investments made in Estonia over the course of the last decade. All of its production is exported to different countries in Europe and Asia.
Earlier Heinzel Group announced EUR 100 million investment into expansion of the Laakirchen paper mill in Austria.
About Heinzel Group:
The company is operating under the Heinzel Holding umbrella. With its subsidiaries Zellstoff Pöls AG, Laakirchen Papier AG and AS Estonian Cell it is ranked among the largest producers of market pulp and magazine paper in Central and Eastern Europe.