Production of Quicklime
Nordkalk and Svenska Mineral are engaged in production of quicklime at seven sites. In Sweden shaft kilns and rotary kilns are used. During the last decade the market has been structured in the way that the captive capacities at the big steel plants SSAB have been taken over by Nordkalk and Svenska Mineral.
Another application, that has been taken into operation during the last decade,
is where Lime mud from the paper industry is reburnt in a rotary kiln.
The sales to the pulp industry has increased the last years and also a new PCC plant
has been built by Imerys Minerals to supply M Real supplied by quicklime from Nordkalk.
In Sweden the production of quicklime is suffering of two system concerning CO2 with the aim to reduce CO2 emissions. Both the EU trading system and a CO2 tax which put the industry in a very difficult position compared with countries who do not have CO2 tax for their quicklime production.