Sonoco powers up 16-MW biomass boiler at S Carolina plant

(SeeNews) - Jan 21, 2014 - US packaging company Sonoco (NYSE:SON) on Friday celebrated the start-up of a 16-MW biomass boiler at its plant in Hartsville, South Carolina, as part of a USD-100 million (EUR 74m) investment.

The engineering and construction of the biomass power unit took more than two years, the company’s president and CEO Jack Sanders noted.

Sonoco initiated the project in 2011 and committed to spend USD 75 million to replace two old coal-fired boilers at the Hartsville factory with one running on biomass. The biomass boiler is powered mainly by wood products but can also use on natural gas. The generated electricity will be used for the production activities, while the steam will be used in the paper making process.

(USD 1.0 = EUR 0.738)

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