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Wiggins paper mill may provide alternative energy

[ Mississippi ] Richmond, Va.-based Intrinergy is gearing up for a $10.5 million project to build a biomass energy generator at a paper mill in Wiggins. The project at the Cellu Tissue Coastal Paper plant could be the first step in providing the southeast Mississippi timber industry with an outlet for its products during a time when traditional buyers are dwindling. The generation facility, which will eventually add about 18 jobs, would produce energy using 1,000 tons of unwanted wood byproducts, such as barky scraps discarded at lumber mills or the damaged wood products that sat in useless piles after Hurricane Katrina, said Intrinergy vice presidents Matthew Markee and Thomas Meth.

News notes are courtesy of Southern Forests Network News Notes





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