In the Packaging segment, total corrugated products shipments were up 9.7%, or 11.5% per workday, over last year’s fourth quarter. Packaging segment price and mix was lower compared to the fourth quarter of 2015 and up compared to the third quarter of 2016. Containerboard production was 962,000 tons, and containerboard inventory was flat compared to year-end 2015 levels. Paper segment price and mix was higher than the fourth quarter of 2015 and flat compared to the third quarter of 2016. Paper volume was lower compared to the fourth quarter of 2015, primarily due to the previously announced fourth quarter shutdown of market pulp operations at our Wallula Mill, and down versus the seasonally stronger third quarter of 2016. click Read More below for additional detail
Kruger Inc. unveiled the initial air emissions measurement results for its Wayagamack Mill since commissioning a new electrostatic precipitator there last June. The new equipment, installed at the Mill’s biomass boiler at a cost of $4.5 million, has already cut the boiler’s particulate matter emissions by 85%.
This improvement is consistent with the results achieved with a previous electrostatic precipitator installed on the Mill’s recovery boiler’s flue gas scrubbing system. That project had been completed in 2012 at a cost of $3.5 million.
Overall, the combined effect of both precipitators has resulted in a 75% drop in the Wayagamack Mill’s particulate emissions.
Since 2012, Kruger Inc. has invested approximately $10 million in its two paper mills in Trois-Rivières to make technological improvements that help the environment.
“Kruger continually invests in its facilities to lessen the impact of its operations on the environment, while ensuring the sustainability of its plants and therefore preserving quality jobs in the region,” says François D’Amours, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, Kruger Publication Papers Inc.
Both mills have significantly reduced their fossil fuel consumption by prioritizing the use of energy from renewable resources, which has led to a marked decrease in their GHG emissions, so much so that the mill on Gene H. Kruger Boulevard is no longer considered a major greenhouse gas (GHG) emitter.
From 2008 to 2013, the combined GHG emissions from the Trois-Rivières and Wayagamack Mills fell from 182,271 T to 58,478 T, which is the equivalent of taking some 26,000 cars off the road annually.