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Fibria's New Pulp Mill in Três Lagoas, Brazil Starts Operations Ahead of Schedule

Fibria Horizon 2 Tres Lagoas pulp mill The new mill, the largest single line of pulp production in the world, will add 1.95 million of tons of pulp per year to Fibria's production capacity, along with an exceeding generation of energy of 130 MW.

August 24, 2017 - Fibria Celulose S.A. announced that its pulp expansion project, Horizon 2, in Três Lagoas, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil, has started operations of the new production line of bleached eucalyptus pulp. Yesterday (Aug. 23), wood chips were sent to the digester for the first time.

The new mill, the largest single line of pulp production in the world, will add 1.95 million of tons of pulp per year to Fibria's production capacity, along with an exceeding generation of energy of 130 MW. With the new pulp line, the Três Lagoas mill expands its production capacity to a total of 3.25 million tons of pulp per year, while the company boasts its production capacity to 7.25 million of tons of pulp/year.

Originally scheduled to begin operations in September, the Horizon 2 project became operational about three weeks ahead of schedule.

“In this period spanning slightly over two years, we finished the world´s largest single line pulp mill ahead of schedule and bellow budget, which proves the commitment demonstrated by the entire team to increasing productivity, reducing costs and always delivering the best, with safety and respect to people and the environment,” said said Marcelo Castelli, CEO of Fibria. “The startup of our second plant at Três Lagoas represents the start of a new phase for the company, consolidating our global leadership in the industry.”

Fibria's new unit at Três Lagoas features a series of innovations in construction, operations, as well as industrial and forestry processes. One of the highlights is the automated nursery for eucalyptus seedlings. To meet the demand for 43 million seedlings a year, specialists from the company traveled to the Netherlands to learn about the technology used in flower production. Based on the lessons learned, they devised a strategy to create not only the world's largest, but also the first fully automated, eucalyptus seedling nursery.

Fibria is a world leader in eucalyptus pulp production with an annual pulp production capacity of 5.3 million tons. The Brazilian company has industrial units in the cities of Aracruz (Espírito Santo), Jacareí (São Paulo) and Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul), and in Eunápolis (Bahia), where it operates the Veracel plant through a joint venture with Stora Enso. With the start-up of the Horizonte 2 project, Fibria's production capacity will be 7.25 million tons. To learn more, please visit: www.fibria.com.br.

SOURCE: Fibria