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"Botnia To Invest In Gasification Plant At Its Joutseno Pulp Mill In Finland"

Feb. 10, 2011; Lesprom: "MOSCOW -- The Board of Directors of Metsä Botnia has decided to invest in a gasification plant at the Joutseno pulp mill in Finland. The investment will intensify the use of renewable energy at the mill, as the company said in a press release received by Lesprom Network.

The investment will replace fossil fuel used in lime kiln with biofuel, which is manufactured of bark. The mill will become a carbon dioxide neutral plant during its standard production. The gasification plant will utilise the mill’s excess heat during drying of the bark.

The total value of the investment is approximately Euro 20 million, and the Ministry of Employment and the Economy has granted the investment energy support for Euro 4.2 million. Negotiations regarding the main equipment suppliers are currently ongoing. Construction work will begin in June 2011, and the new plant will be commissioned at the end of 2012. At the construction stage, the employing impact of the investment is approximately 120 person-workyears." Read more... . external_link

"Forestry Worker May Have Nicked 200 Chainsaws And Tools"

Dec. 20, 2010; Austrian Independent: "An Upper Austrian has been accused of having stolen dozens of chainsaws and other objects during the past few months.

The 34-year-old forestry worker from Kirchdorf could be behind more than 50 reported thefts of around 200 electric appliances, used chainsaws and various tools in the area, police announced today (Mon).

The man allegedly cooperated with a 42-year-old Bosnian man in turning the objects – snatched from garages and company estates – into money. The main suspect was put in custody as investigations continue." Read more... . external_link

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"Ireland Wood Exports Up 40 Fold"

Dec. 20, 2010; Inside Ireland: "There has been an unprecedented 40-fold surge in wood exports, according to Coillte. It said that exports from Irish saw mills have risen from around 5,000m3 at the start of 2009, to an annualised 200,000m3 plus for 2010.

Despite the domestic downturn in the Irish construction industry, certified wood-based construction material is in high demand internationally with exports to the UK rising substantially over the past two-year period, Coillte said.

The forestry sector as a whole is responsible for the employment of about 16,000 people in the Republic and it is hoped that a renewed focus on international business and exports will help to increase this number." Read more... . external_link

"Tembec Announces Investment At Tartas, France Specialty Dissolving Pulp Mill; Reinforces Company's Commitment To This Core Business"

Dec. 16, 2010; Digital Journal: "TEMISCAMING, Quebec - Tembec today announced that its wholly owned subsidiary Tembec Tartas SAS will be making an investment in a green energy project at its specialty dissolving pulp mill located in Tartas, France. The project, which includes a new 18 megawatt steam turbine and improvements to the existing boiler system, will cost approximately 16 M€ (C $21 million). It is expected to be in operation during the second calendar quarter of 2012. Once the turbine is in full operation, the mill's annual EBITDA should improve by 6 M€ (C $8 million).

The project will be funded in part by a 7.5 M€ loan (C $10 million) to be provided by a syndicate of French banks. The loan has a term of seven years at a rate of Euribor 3 months plus 2%.

With approximately 300,000 metric tonnes of capacity, Tembec is among the global leaders in the specialty dissolving pulp business. Tembec's specialty cellulose division (Cellutions) is a leading producer of dissolving pulp for the cellulose derivatives market that includes Cellulose Acetate, Cellulose MCC, Cellulose Ethers and Nitrocellulose." Read more... . external_link

"Finnish Forest Dispute Resolved With Saami Agreement"

Dec. 13, 2010; The Timber Industry Magazine: "A long-running dispute between Finnish government forest enterprise Metsähallitus and Saami reindeer herders has been resolved in a landmark deal which will protect 80,000ha of pine forest in northern Finland.

The dispute over reindeer grazing forests in northern Finland has raged for eight years, with Greenpeace and indigenous Saami reindeer herders waging a campaign against harvester and forest manager Metsähallitus.

The deal will see 80% of the 107,000 ha of reindeer grazing forests, mostly old growth, protected either permanently or for the next 20 years." Read more... . external_link

"Ship Carrying Swedish Timber Sinks"

Dec. 13, 2010; The Timber Industry Magazine: "A timber vessel en route from Sweden to Algeria has sunk in the Bay of Biscay.

The 17-strong Russian and Ukranian crew of The North Spirit were airlifted to safety by a Spanish rescue team after the ship listed badly about 50 miles from Cape Ortegal. It is thought the timber cargo shifted in heavy seas.

The ship is a sister vessel of the timber ship Ice Prince, which sank off Dorset in 2008, causing large amounts of Swedish wood to be washed on beaches across southern England." Read more... . external_link

"Return To Profit For Timber Firm Glennon Brothers"

Dec. 10, 2010; The Irish Times: "GLENNON BROTHERS, the timber processing firm which has its headquarters in Longford, increased turnover last year to €58.8 million and recorded a profit before tax of €4.6 million.

In 2008, the firm, which has operations in Ireland and Britain, recorded a pretax loss of €1.1 million on revenues of €57.1 million.

The return to profitability for the family-owned firm was driven by a reduction in the cost of sales from €42.5 million in 2008 to €40.3 million in 2009, and a fall in administration expenses from €7.5 million to €3.3 million." Read more... . external_link

"Spotlight On Forest Shifts, Trade And Land Use"

Dec. 08, 2010; European Commission: "An increasing number of developing countries are outsourcing deforestation to help protect and restore their local forests, according to a new study. The research was funded in part by the REDD-ALERT ('Reducing emissions from deforestation and degradation through alternative land uses in rainforests of the Tropics') project, which clinched EUR 3.49 million under the Environment Theme of the EU's Seventh Framework Programme (FP7). The results, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS), could affect measures currently being taken to ensure the sustainability of the world's remaining forests.

Researchers from Stanford University and Rutgers University in the US and the Université Catholique de Louvain (UCL) in Belgium said our planet's forests are disappearing at a rate of more than 32 million acres each year - an area that is about the size of England.

'Reducing deforestation is an international priority, given its impacts on carbon emissions and biodiversity,' explained Professor Eric Lambin of Stanford and UCL, one of the authors of the study. 'However, our study found that strengthened forest-conservation policies and economic expansion often increased the demand for imported timber and agricultural products, which contributed to deforestation abroad.'" Read more... . external_link

"Treemetrics 3d Scanning Helps Loggers Make More Money Cutting Fewer Trees"

Dec. 06, 2010; VentureBeat: "Treemetrics is taking forestry high-tech with its 3D laser scanning system to accurately measure the height, straightness, taper and volume of the trees in a section of forest. Currently measurement is done manually by a forester walking the ground and using calipers to measure the radius of a sample of trees. Better measurement means that fewer trees can be cut while maximizing value. Treemetrics claims that its system can also reduce measurement costs by 75 percent.

Treemetrics just received an innovation award from the Irish Society of Foresters hot on the heels of a special mention from the judges in IBM’s smartcamp global finals." Read more... . external_link

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