Private joint-stock company Philip Morris Ukraine, a large tobacco company in Ukraine, plans to finish construction of a solid fuel boiler in September 2018 and switch its factory from gas to solid fuel.
Deputy Director General Ihor Kroshko said that investment in the project is around UAH 63 million.
“Any kind of granular biofuel can be used as a fuel, which will allow reducing greenhouse gas emissions several times. The boiler’s productivity is 6 tonnes of steam per hour and the capacity is 3.8 megawatts. The new boiler-house will completely cover the needs of the factory,” the company said.
Savings on the switch from gas to renewable energy, according to Philip Morris Ukraine, will be about UAH 15 million per year.
Kroshko said that construction of additional warehouses for storage of non-tobacco materials is also planned.
In 2017, investments in the factory exceeded $11 million (expansion of production facilities, modernization of storage facilities, launch of innovative products and new formats for export and domestic markets). At the same time, the total amount of investment in production facilities during the operation of affiliated companies Philip Morris International (PMI) in Ukraine amounted to $348 million.