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Valmet to Supply Main Process Islands and Automation for Metsä Fibre's Kemi Bioproduct Mill

Metsä Fibre Kemi bioproduct mill Metsä Fibre is investing EUR 1.6 billion to build a bioproduct mill to replace its current mill in Kemi, Finland. The new mill will produce some 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp per year, as well as many other bioproducts.

Feb. 22, 2021 - Valmet and Metsä Fibre have finalized the agreement for the key technology delivery covering all main process islands and automation systems for Metsä Fibre's planned Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland. The new bioproduct mill will have an annual pulp production capacity of 1.5 million tonnes and in addition produce various other bioproducts.

The value of the order covering the core equipment supplied by Valmet is about EUR 350-400 million.

The mill will be totally fossil fuel free and is scheduled to start-up in the third quarter 2023.

"The Kemi bioproduct mill is a trailblazing investment for which Metsä Group has chosen the most environmentally efficient and sustainable solutions. Valmet delivers all the key technology processes for the mill and offers the full benefits of our innovative full scope offering consisting of process technology, automation and services," said Bertel Karlstedt, Pulp and Energy Business Line President at Valmet.

Sami Riekkola, Automation Business Line President at Valmet, explained, "The mill's advanced mill-wide automation system will be delivered with our latest technology. Valmet's innovative web-based Valmet DNA User Interface will form the core for intelligent control of mill's operations and maintenance. It enables efficient collaboration by letting the mill teams access relevant information securely whenever needed, regardless of their location."

Valmet's Delivery

Valmet will deliver the full production process from wood handling to baling, designed to produce both softwood and hardwood pulp, as well as automation system for the whole mill including features from Valmet's Industrial Internet (VII) offering. In addition, as part of the project, Valmet delivers a rebuild of the existing fiber line.

Valmet's project delivery includes engineering and supply of the main process equipment, as well as management of construction and start-up partly with an Open Book delivery model. Project's degree of Finnish origin is estimated above 60%.

Valmet is a leading global developer and supplier of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. The company's technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. For further information, visit:

SOURCE: Valmet

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