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K-C Announces EUR 5 million Investment for Barrow Mill

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According to a report earlier this week by In-Cumbria, Cumbria, U.K., Kimberly-Clark (Irving, Tex., USA) has announced plans to invest in excess of £5 million to upgrade its mill in Barrow, U.K. Crichton Waddell, Kimberly-Clark Barrow Mill manager, said that "as a socially responsible and environmentally responsive organization, we have opted to install a new biomass boiler on the Barrow site.

"Government guidelines state that biomass is a renewable low-carbon fuel that, when properly managed, can deliver a significant reduction in net carbon emissions, especially when compared with fossil fuels. By investing in clean fuel, modern equipment, and best practice, emissions can be kept to a minimum and well within local environmental limits."

The Barrow Mill has been owned and operated by Kimberly-Clark for 20 years and employs more than 400 people. Kimberly-Clark produces global brands, including Kleenex, Andrex, Huggies and Kotex.

The 19-hectare site in Barrow includes a boiler house, paper stock preparation, paper mill, effluent plant, warehousing, and distribution center. The main activity at the plant is the production of toilet tissue and kitchen towels made from virgin pulp and recycled materials.

The new system will supply steam to power the three paper machines within the existing mill and will run solely from virgin biomass. Virgin biomass is untreated, clean wood such as bark, wood pellets, logs, and sawdust, which has not undergone any chemical treatment. All of the power generated will be used on site. Part of the plans include the installation of a biomass boiler, with the community being asked for their views on it at a meeting next week.

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