06 Feb 2007

Investing NOK 330 million at Norske Skog Skogn

Norske Skog is to invest NOK 330 million at its Norske Skog Skogn mill in mid-Norway in order to boost its competitiveness and further improve the quality of the paper it produces. The project will cut annual electricity consumption at the mill by 250 GWh or 17 per cent. State-owned company Enova is contributing NOK 50 million to the work.
"Energy saving measures are one of our top priorities," says Christian Rynning-Tønnesen, chief executive of Norske Skog. "I'm very pleased that the government, through Enova, is helping to make this project profitable. The changes being made are optimal because they not only reduce energy consumption and costs at Norske Skog Skogn but also improve paper quality."
The project will kick off this year, and is due to be completed by the end of 2009. Norske Skog Skogn's production is currently based on paper pulp from wood and recovered paper. Once the work has been done, the proportion of wood will be slightly reduced and replaced by cheaper fillers and increased use of recovered paper. That will enhance the mill's competitiveness while meeting customer requirements for a larger proportion of recycled fibre in their newsprint.
Oxenøen, 6 January 2007
Norske Skog
Corporate communications
Further information from:
Tom Bratlie, vice president corporate communications, Norske Skog, tel: +47 67 59 93 34 or +47 90 52 19 04
Per Anders Folladal, public affairs manager, Norske Skog Skogn, tel: +47 74 08 71 17 or +47 97 07 43 01