Södra to Invest SEK 1 Billion in Mörrum Pulp Mill Upgrade Project
The investment will increase the mill's capacity by 45,000 tonnes per year, bringing the total production of paper and dissolving pulp to 470,000 tonnes.
Feb. 17, 2016 - Södra announced that its Board of Directors has decided to invest SEK 1 billion in the company's pulp mill in Mörrum, Sweden.
The investment is the second stage of a long-term initiative at Södra Cell Mörrum and will increase the mill's capacity by 45,000 tonnes per year, bringing the total production of paper and dissolving pulp to 470,000 tonnes.
"This is great news for us here at the mill, because our competitiveness and opportunities will increase,” said Stefan Sandberg, Site Manager at Södra Cell Mörrum. “Södra's decision to invest in Mörrum is also important for the region."
This particular investment includes a new evaporator, and a modernization of the brown stock washing system in the dissolving pulp line, where pulp for textile uses is produced. A new evaporator will make it possible to increase the production rate, as well as deliveries of energy products, such as electricity, district heating and biofuels.
"The investment will allow us to meet customer demands for both paper and dissolving pulp,” Sandberg said. “Our facility at Mörrum produces high-grade pulp with unique properties. We will now be able to offer higher volumes of these sought-after products to the market.
“In addition, dissolving pulp and paper pulp based on a renewable source are highly interesting from a climate perspective. More and more people are beginning to see the significance of finding materials that facilitate the transition toward a fossil-free society," Sandberg added.
The project will begin in spring 2016 and is scheduled for completion by November 2017.
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 per year. Sodra produces both softwood and hardwood pulp — 90% softwood and 10% hardwood. To learn more, please visit: www.sodra.com.