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Stadtwerke Bielefeld and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper have agreed to continue their partnership before the expiry of the current contract.
Stadtwerke Bielefeld and Mitsubishi HiTec Paper have been working together successfully since 2003. At that time, the Bielefeld Stadtwerke (public utilities) built a highly energy efficient combined heat and power plant on the site of the speciality paper manufacturer to supply the mill with electricity and steam. Now both companies have agreed to continue this partnership before the expiration of the contract. The consortium agreement is valid for five years.
Dr Martin Schreer and Andreas Jastrzembowski, managing directors of Mitsubishi HiTec Paper, said: ‘We are delighted to continue this collaboration with Stadtwerke Bielefeld. All of our heat and power has been supplied by our partner, with whom we have had good experiences, for 15 years. A reliable and sustainable efficient energy supply is enormously important for our production.’
Martin Uekmann and Rainer Müller, managing directors of Stadtwerke Bielefeld, explained: ‘The plant in Hillegossen makes a significant contribution to energy transition. That is another reason why we are pleased that Mitsubishi HiTec Paper has decided to continue working with us. As a company, we have relied on renewable energies for years and support energy transition. This also includes highly efficient combined heat and power plants such as those in Bielefeld Hillegossen.’
In the next five years, Stadtwerke Bielefeld will invest around €2.2 million in further modernisation of the facility. It is a highly efficient CHP plant that saves around 14,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions a year compared to uncoupled production. On 9 May 2003, the original consortium agreement for the construction of the gas and steam power plant at Bielefeld Hillegossen was signed. Stadtwerke invested €34 million euros at that time. The goal was the modernisation of the steam supply of the paper mill. The power plant was put into operation on 3 January 2005.
From left to right: Rainer Müller (managing director Stadtwerke Bielefeld), Andreas Jastrzembowski (managing director Mitsubishi HiTec Paper), Dr Martin Schreer (managing director Mitsubishi HiTec Paper) and Martin Uekmann (managing director Stadtwerke Bielefeld).