Metso to Supply Pulping Equipment to Brazil's Aracruz

Aug. 21, 2008 - Metso said that it will supply the main technology for Aracruz's new 1.5-million-tons/yr bleached hardwood kraft (BHK) pulp line, to be built at their Guaíba mill in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil.

The value of the deal is nearly EUR 400 million.

According to Metso, the expansion will raise the mill's total annual capacity to almost 2 million tons.

The pulp mill order includes a continuous digester designed for a daily capacity of 5,030 tons, along with a drying machine which will have a trim width of 9.99 meters and is designed for 4,970 tons of daily production.

In addition, Metso will supply a recovery boiler for black liquor burning which will have a design capacity of 6,130 tons dry solids per day. The nominal capacity of the white liquor plant will be 14,300 m3 of white liquor per day.

The new pulp line is scheduled to start-up during the second half of 2010, Metso said.

Aracruz is the world's leading producer of bleached eucalyptus pulp. Total production today is the equivalent of 3.2 million tons a year, produced by three pulp mills: Barra do Riacho (2.3 million tons), Guaíba (450,000 tons) and Veracel (450,000 tons, or 50% of the unit's total capacity).

The company employs some 12,000 people and had gross sales in 2007 were USD 2.14 billion.

SOURCE: Metso Corp.

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