Keith and the Appita Speaking Competition

Keith (DETA Tauranga) recently competed at the Appita New Speakers Competition in Rotorua. The competition involved three pre-selected competitors who would each present on a topic of their choice relevant to the Pulp and Paper industry. Keith’s presentation was titled ‘Significant Returns from Low Investment Optimisation Projects’ and focussed on a range of optimisation projects that are broadly applicable to our customers in the Pulp and Paper industry.


Many of the topics were inspired by projects successfully implemented during Keith’s 12-month secondment to Whakatane Mill. The secondment was part-funded by the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Authority (EECA), with the objective to provide technical support for the implementation of projects that would assist Whakatane Mill to meet their energy consumption reduction target.


Keith’s presentation covered the following topics:

  • Operational and technical challenges transitioning to a 100% gas fired boiler house
  • Identification, scoping and implementation of low cost pump optimisation projects
  • Applications of recovered heat from steam turbine cogeneration

The two other speakers on the night were Sarah Ruddell who gave presentation titled ‘Chromium-Carbide Nickel-Chrome Thermally Sprayed Coatings’, and Daniel Guinto who presented on ‘Reducing Variation in White Liquor Strength by Controlling Slaker Temperature’.