Johannesburg, South Africa [RenewableEnergyWorld.com] Global Green Solutions Inc. (GGRN) and Sappi Limited have signed a letter of agreement to install GGRN’s Greensteam system at Sappi’s Usutu pulp mill in Swaziland, Southern Africa, subject to completion of a successful feasibility study. The Greensteam system will generate process steam through the combustion of waste biomass from forest felling, cuttings and tree bark.
The project seeks to optimize the use of biomass available to Sappi and could also include replacing an older boiler with the high efficiency, low air emissions Greensteam process from GGRN. A definitive contract is targeted for July 2008 and plans call for the Greensteam facility to be operational by September 2009.
“This is a strategic step towards Sappi’s goal to implement a sustainable renewable energy program to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase energy efficiency. The project will also lessen Sappi’s dependence on fossil fuel-based power from the grid and provide local employment opportunities,” said Bertus van der Merwe, technical director for Sappi Southern Africa.