Columbia Pulp starts up new straw pulp mill in the USA

21 Oct 2019 − 

US company Columbia Pulp has commissioned its new pulp mill in Columbia County, Washington. The new mill produces pulp based on straw and alfalfa.

The company's CEO John Begley told EUWID that the start-up process had begun on 13 October, with commercial production expected to start in 2-3 weeks. The company expects to reach full production in 6-8 months.

When running at full capacity, the new mill will be able to produce 140,000 tpy of straw pulp for the production of papers such as specialty papers, tissue or packaging products. Straw pulp is close to hardwood pulp in characteristics and performance, Columbia Pulp explains. Around 100 persons are employed at the site.

Mr Begley added that production of lignin and sugars had simultaneously started. The mill will also produce up to 95,000 tpy of lignin and sugar for co-products, which will be sold for road and agricultural uses such as de-icing, dust control, and spray adjuvants.

According to Columbia Pulp, the area where the mill is located is one of the densest wheat-farming regions in North America with about 4 million t of wheat and lucerne per year. This is why the company has growth plans for the future, saying that further mills might be built. However, Mr Begley did not disclose any details on such projects.

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