Port Townsend Paper Begins First Stage of CNG Conversion at Washington Paper Mill
Port Townsend Paper recently brought the first stage of a three-stage plan to convert its main fossil fuel source from oil to CNG online, in order to achieve cleaner air emissions and reduced fuel costs. The natural gas conversion represents a $3.1 million investment.
When all three stages of the conversion are online in 2016, the conversion is expected to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 25 percent from its current level. This reduction would continue a decade-long trend during which Port Townsend Paper reduced its greenhouse gas emissions from fossil fuels by nearly 60 percent. The mill also expects the conversion to make it more competitive by increasing the efficiency of its boiler, and significantly reducing its fuel cost over time.