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The madness of renewable biomass power keeps on going

In the south-eastern part of Poland GDF SUEZ is going to replace of a coal-fired boiler at the Polaniec S.A. power plant by a new biomass fluidized bed boiler with a capacity of 480 megawatt.

The planned 180 MWe biomass power station is going to be the largest biomass power plant of the world.

Just for your records: the guys there are planning to destroy biomass in the amount of approximately 300 MW. As for any biomass power plant only 40% of the biomass chipped into the boiler will transform to electric energy.

Issue date: 
16th February 2012

Mondi offers €280m for the rest of Mondi Swiecie

Paper and pulp group Mondi on Thursday made an all-cash offer of €16.48 a share for the 17-million shares (34%) it does not already own in its Polish operation, Mondi Swiecie.

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Aug 9, 2011

Weyerhaeuser Starts Construction of its First European Production Facility in Gdańsk

On 2 August 2011, the ceremony of laying a foundation stone for the construction of a new modified fibres processing facility took place in the premises of Weyerhaeuser Poland Company located at the MASZYNOWA Industrial and Technology Park.

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6 April 2011

Poland's environmentalists fight foresters for heart of primeval forest

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January 11, 2011

Stora Enso invests EUR 285 million in new containerboard machine at Ostroleka in Poland

Stora Enso is strengthening its leading position in corrugated packaging in the growth markets of Central and Eastern Europe by renewing containerboard capacity at its Ostrołęka Mill in Poland.

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27 December 2010

Polish company to produce biochar in Altai Territory

The negotiations between forest holding Altailes and representatives of Ribegla company took place in Altai Territory.

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November 1, 2010

Growth is back in Baltics, Poland and Russia

After some tough years, the economic crisis is over for the Baltic states, Poland and Russia,  at least in terms of growth, according to Nordea´s Baltic Rim Outlook. Estonia's forthcoming accession of the euro underlines that a new era has begun for the Baltics. Exports have initially been th

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Analysis of the Implementation of Horse Applications within Forestry Operations

Analysis of the Implementation of Horse Applications within Forestry Operations in the German-Polish Border Region

Horse applications always had a huge meaning in forestry. Its suitability for the labour in the forest and the ability to fulfil multiple tasks made the horse to the human’s main support for the utilization of forests. Before the development of machines, able to operate in the forest, horse applications were indispensable for the extraction of timber. But with coming up of professional machines for forestry purposes and the rise of expenses for operators in the 1970’s, the horse lost its major role for logging in Germany. This study is supposed to clarify the current role of horses in forestry and to compare the development and trends of the border region of Germany and Poland. Differences in the implementation as same as the evaluation of the horse as suitable application should be pointed out. For that purpose a written questionnaire was handed to forest enterprises and service providers in the border area of both countries. The evaluation of the questionnaires turned out a more intensive implementation of horse applications in Poland. There, private forest service providers are the main horse keeper. In contrast, through German firms the state-run businesses are mostly in possession of horses. Further, the numbers of animals owned by individual firms are much higher in Poland than in Germany. In both countries the most common utilization of the horses are pre-skidding operations. There, horse applications are under certain circumstances appreciated and seen as an efficient approach for the extraction of timber by horse owner as same as none horse keeper of both countries. Additional occupations are the support during felling, little transports in the forest and tillage actions. Most horse keeper will stay at their animals and use them with the same intensity. But a few horse owners also take into consideration the annulment of their horses, thoughts that are more widely spread in Germany as in Poland. Further, in both countries the purchase of new horses is in most cases not an issue. Though, within the German interviewed companies the implementation of horse applications are generally more accepted by none horsekeeping firms as it is through Polish firms of the region. A fact, which can at least secure the employment of the current German horse logger of the region for the coming years.

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by Dr. Radut