Metso to Supply CMPC with Main Equipment for New Pulp Line in Brazil

CMPC plans to build a new 1.3 million tpy bleached eucalyptus pulp production line at its Guaiba mill in Brazil, which it expects to have operational by the first half of 2015.

May 28, 2013 - Metso said that it has signed a letter of intent with CMPC Celulose Riograndense S.A. to supply key technology for CMPC’s Guaiba II pulp line in Brazil.

The new pulp line, which is an expansion to the existing Guaiba pulp mill, will have a capacity of 1.3 million tonnes per year and will be able to reach 1.5 million tonnes per year with minor investments.

The new pulp line is to be built in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil and is scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2015.

The value of the anticipated delivery will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 800-900 million. Around 50 percent of this would consist of Metso-supplied equipment and systems, Metso said.

The plan is to sign the final agreement by the end of June, Metso added.

According to Metso, the letter of intent covers the main parts of the pulp line: the cooking plant and fiberline, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, a recovery boiler, causticizing and lime kiln, and an integrated automation solution and an operator training simulator for all mill process areas.

The Guaiba mill will produce 1.3 million tonnes of bleached eucalyptus market pulp per year and its modern technologies will enable it to achieve some of the lowest operational costs in the industry, Metso said.

“The anticipated delivery for CMPC recognizes Metso's strong capabilities as a full-scope supplier for the pulp industry,” says Pasi Laine, President of Metso’s Pulp, Paper and Power business. “It also highlights our customers’ trust in the know-how that we have developed locally to build complete pulp mills. We are in the final construction phase of a similar-sized pulp mill in northeastern Brazil, and our target now is to start another major project in the south of the country.”

CMPC Celulose Riograndense is part of the Chilean group, CMPC Celulosa, one of the largest forestry-based companies in Latin America. Its mills in Chile and Brazil produce around 2.8 million tonnes of pulp per year.

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