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Aracruz Plans $200 Million Upgrade at Barra do Riacho Pulp Mill

Jan. 12, 2006 - Aracruz Celulose said that it intends to modernize the three pulp lines at its Barra do Riacho pulp mill in in the Brazilian state of Espírito Santo.

The modernization project includes fiberlines A, B and C, where production capacity will be increased from the current 2.08 million tons/year to 2.33 million tons/year.

The investment amounts to approximately US$200 million.

Construction work at the Barra do Riacho mill will begin during the first half of 2006 and will run for 18 months, Aracruz said.

According to Aracruz, the changes called for in the project can be divided into two areas: an increase in Fiberline C's pulp production capacity and improvements in the productivity, and efficiency of the A and B pulp lines.

Besides the industrial revamping, designed to boost production, the project also incorporates environmental enhancements into the company's production process, including more efficient use of chemical products, water and wood.

The volume of wood needed to meet the additional pulp production requirements will average 716,000 m³/year, and there will be no need to increase the company's own forest base, leased properties or its Forestry Partners Program to supply this volume, Aracruz added.

The work is scheduled for completion in September 2007.

SOURCE: Aracruz Celulose




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