Norske Skog Bruck publication paper mill resumes production as gas market stabilises

Commissioning of the new waste-to-energy facility is progressing well, says Norske Skog.

Norske Skog has terminated the temporary downtime at the company's newsprint and magazine paper mill in Bruck an der Mur, Austria. Norske Skog had idled paper operations at the Bruck mill on 9 March "due to unaoffordability of operations" caused by "unprecendented energy prices". The downtime was originally announced to last until the end of March.

"With somewhat calmer energy markets and required commercial terms, we are pleased that the Bruck paper mill is able to gradually resume production," commented Sven Ombudsvedt, President and CEO of Norske Skog.

In the meantime, the company is proceeding with the commissioning of the new waste-to-energy (wte) facility at the Bruck mill. The wte plant is announced to become operational in April and is expected to significantly reduce the mill's exposure to gas supplies. "The new energy boiler, in combination with the existing gas turbine, will give Bruck improved energy flexibility in increasingly uncertain energy markets, Norske Skog CEO explained.

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