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Valmet to Supply New Chipper to Sappi's Ngodwana Pulp Mill in South Africa

Valmet - Camura GSN chipper The new chipper will be delivered and installed in May 2018 and start-up is planned for the beginning of June 2018.

Sept. 5, 2017 - Valmet will deliver a new gravity feed chipper to Sappi Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd Ngodwana. The upgrade targets are to increase the chipping capacity, to maintain or improve chip quality and minimize wood losses.

The value of the order was not disclosed.

The chipper will be delivered and installed in May 2018 and start-up is planned for the beginning of June 2018.

“Valmet came up with a unique solution to 'swop' out the existing chipper with a new larger chipper by not requiring any major concrete works changes allowing for a short shut-down duration to install the new chipper, thus enabling minimal operation down time,” explained Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

Valmet's order consists of a Camura GS1050 chipper with auxiliaries and a screen extension, including machinery, erection, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation is also carried out by Valmet.

The Ngodwana mill has been in operation since 1966 and entered the dissolving wood pulp market in 2013. The mill produces 330,000 tons per year of paper pulp for its own consumption, 210,000 tpy of dissolving wood pulp and 380,000 tpy of paper (newsprint and kraft linerboard used for packaging). About 70% of the mill's product is exported and the balance is used locally.

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

SOURCE: Valmet