Georgia-Pacific mill completes boiler upgrade

By Anna Simet | May 31, 2017

Georgia Pacific has finished a $388 million boiler system overhaul at its Brewton, Alabama, containerboard mill.

The project, which took two years to construct, has modernized and streamlined the equipment in the mill’s recovery boiler system, enabling it to generate all of its own energy by burning a mix of papermaking process waste, or biomass, and natural gas.

Celebrating completion of the project, the company recently held an event that was attended by more than 700 people, including state and local officials who emphasized the positive economic benefits the project has had on the surrounding community.

The mill, which was acquired by Georgia-Pacific from Smurfit-Stone Container Corp. 10 years ago and employs 450, will now engage in a $50 million project to upgrade the mill’s paperboard machine.

Georgia-Pacific's largest energy source is biomass, including wood fiber, bark and other organic materials, according to the company.  In 2014, it used 59 percent biomass energy companywide, and via its 30 locations nationwide, is responsible for more than 12 percent of the U.S.’s woody biomass-derived electricity.