Södra Begins SEK 700 Million Expansion Project at Mörrum Pulp Mill

Södra Cell Mörrum expansion. Södra's CEO, Lars Idermark, together with representatives from NCC and Valmet, on Oct. 16, turned the first soil in the project.

Oct. 16, 2014 - Södra said that it has started an SEK 700 million expansion project of Södra Cell Mörrum in Sweden, which is designed to increase the pulp mill's production capacity from 380,000 tpy to 425,000 tpy.

A new chip plant will be constructed and one of the two pulp lines will be modified.

"This is another investment that will strengthen our market position and competitiveness in market pulp," said Södra's CEO, Lars Idermark.

"The expansion of our pulp production represents an integral part of our Group strategy and is a prerequisite for developing our business," Idermark added.

The investment includes a new chip plant and two separate wood room lines, one for softwood chips and one for hardwood chip production, and conversion of the softwood pulp line, where the existing washing facility will be replaced.

The new wood room facilities are scheduled to go into operation in December 2015 and the softwood pulp line in March 2016.

Södra Cell Mörrum currently produces high-quality pulp and is the only Södra mill to produce textile pulp, which is a rapidly growing product area.

Södra, with headquarters in Vaxjo, Sweden, produces market pulp, wood products and biofuels. The company operates three pulp mills in Sweden (Mörrum, Mönsterås and Värö.) 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.

SOURCE: Södra