Metso to Supply New Fiberline to Sappi's Ngodwana Mill in South Africa

Oct. 20, 2011 - Metso said that it will supply a new fiberline for chemical cellulose for Sappi’s Ngodwana mill in South Africa. Start-up is scheduled for the first half of 2013.

The value of the order was not disclosed.

Metso’s delivery will include the design and supply of the main equipment for the new fiberline, from cooking to bleaching. The batch cooking plant is to be designed according to the prehydrolysis process and TwinRoll wash presses will be used in all washing positions.

The new fiberline will produce around 215,000 air-dried tonnes per year of chemical cellulose hardwood pulp.

In addition to the cooking plant and fiberline which will be new, Metso will also supply equipment for the upgrade of wood handling, evaporation and recausticizing as well as a new ash leaching system.

According to Metso, Sappi currently is the world’s largest producer of chemical cellulose with a production capacity of about 815,000 air-dried tonnes per year from its Saiccor mill. The Ngodwana mill, located in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa, will convert all of its market pulp production to chemical cellulose.