Södra Selects Valmet as Main Supplier for Värö Pulp Mill Expansion

Södra Cell Värö will increase its pulp production capacity from 425,000 tpy to 700,000 tpy.

June 3, 2014 - Södra has appointed Valmet of Finland as its main supplier for process equipment for the expansion of the pulp mill in Värö, near Varberg, Sweden. This order is part of Södra's investment totalling more than SEK 4 billion.

The order placed with Valmet includes a new continuous digester and upgrades to wood handling, the fibre line, evaporation plant, soda recovery boiler, causticisation, flashdryer, drying machine and baling.

A large portion of the order will be supplied by Valmet in Sweden: The digester and causticisation will be supplied by Karlstad, the fibre line, flashdryer and baling by Sundsvall, and evaporation and the soda recovery boiler by Gothenburg. The wood handling and pulp dryer will be supplied by Finland.

Valmet states that the order from Södra is worth around SEK 2 billion.

"We have good experiences of Valmet and feel confident that this project will be a success. We have worked closely together with Valmet in planning the project and it gives us a good start. This investment increases our pulp production, makes the mill more energy efficient and increases its bioenergy supply potential", says Gunilla Saltin, President, Södra Cell.

"We are very pleased that Södra Cell trusted us with this significant order. It is a strong token of our technological leadership and competitiveness in the pulp technology market. Investments in pulp production are active at the moment and Valmet is strongly involved with many major on-going projects", says Jyrki Holmala, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.

Södra has previously purchased groundwork, building work and construction work from NCC with regard to the expansion of Värö. Another major supplier is Raumaster, which will be supplying storage and transport equipment for chips and bark.

When the expansion work is complete, Värö will be one of the biggest pine sulphate pulp mills in the world, with a total production capacity of 700,000 tonnes of pulp per year. These investments will also considerably increase Värö's energy efficiency.

Valmet Corporation is a leading global developer and supplier of services and technologies for the pulp, paper and energy industries. To learn more, please visit: www.valmet.com

Södra, with headquarters in Vaxjo, Sweden, produces market pulp, wood products and biofuels. The company operates three pulp mills, all in Sweden, with a total capacity of 1.6 million tonnes/year. Sodra produces both softwood and hardwood pulp — 90% softwood and 10% hardwood. To learn more, please visit: www.sodra.com.