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American Eagle to Replace Coal Fired Boiler with Natural Gas Unit

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American Eagle Paper Mills, Tyrone, Pa., USA, this week announced a multi-million dollar natural gas conversion project. This project will replace the mill’s legacy coal-based power generation equipment with high efficiency natural gas fueled equipment. The project has been in development since 2013 and has been fully engineered and financed. The construction and equipment procurement was initiated in July 2015, with an anticipated startup date in the early third quarter of this year.

The project includes a new Babcock and Wilcox natural gas boiler, as well as an equipment upgrade to the mill’s power distribution infrastructure. When operational, the new system will significantly reduce greenhouse gas emissions at the mill by converting from coal to natural gas. 

CEO Mike Grimm said that "the power boiler project is a key part of American Eagle’s overall company strategy. To execute this strategy, we must ensure that we have a solid infrastructure to support it. This project is the critical link in that process. It will not only make certain American Eagle Paper Mills is in full regulatory compliance under the Boiler MACT legislation, but lay the groundwork for future projects to support our growth and provide new and sustained employment opportunities in Tyrone for many years to come." 

Located in the mountains of Central Pennsylvania, American Eagle Paper Mills produces a wide variety of recycled and post-consumer-wastepaper products. Its mission since startup has been focused on manufacturing high-quality, uncoated recycled paper products, and providing excellent customer service while protecting the environment. The mill’s goal is to become the largest producer of recycled paper products with the smallest carbon footprint possible. 


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