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We have been producing corrugated base paper at the Weener site since 1958. Since 2008, the large energy demand of the paper mill has been fulfilled in a sensible and environmentally friendly way by the thermal refuse derived fuel (RDF) power plant in Weener.
Here, 80 million kilowatt hours of electricity are generated annually and secure the energy needs of the neighbouring paper mill via short distances. 180,000 tonnes of refuse-derived fuels, i.e. residual materials from the associated paper production as well as processed commercial and industrial waste with a high calorific value, are converted into steam and electricity safely and with low emissions. The heat generated is fed into the paper mill in the form of process steam.
The RDF power plant replaces about 32 million cubic metres of natural gas and primary energy and reduces our external electricity demand by about 80 per cent. We can now cover about 90 per cent of our local energy needs (thermal and electrical) with the power plant. Through continuous investment in the plant, we are providing energy ever more efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner, thus increasing our independence from fossil fuels and external electricity.