International technology Group ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre have finalized the contract to deliver key production technologies for a new bioproduct pulp mill with an annual capacity of 1.3 million tons of pulp in Äänekoski, Finland. The respective letter of intent was signed in early February this year.
The order value for ANDRITZ is over 100 million euros. Start-up of the mill is scheduled for third quarter of 2017. The core equipment supplied by ANDRITZ will originate largely from Finland and thus will have a significant positive employment impact on ANDRITZ’s engineering staff located in Kotka, Lahti and Varkaus as well as on the ANDRITZ workshop located in Savonlinna where a big part of the core equipment for this contract will be fabricated.
“The bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is the largest investment of the forest industry in Finland. Competence, reliability and successful cooperation in previous large investments were emphasized when we made a decision of the key technology suppliers”, says Ilkka Hämälä, CEO of Metsä Fibre Oy.
ANDRITZ’s scope of supplies includes the core equipment for:
• A complete wood processing plant with three debarking and chipping lines, three stacker-reclaimer chip handling systems, and bark handling. Each debarking line can process both softwood and hardwood and is designed for world record capacities (pine/spruce/birch: 470/350/270 m3 solid-over-bark per hour), and includes a de-icing conveyor, a debarking drum (5 x 48 meter), and the world’s biggest horizontally fed HHQ chipper, ensuring high capacity without compromising the chip quality.
• A softwood and hardwood fiberline comprising a chip feeding system, a two-vessel continuous cooking plant, a new evaporation system for liquor extraction, and seven DD (Drum Displacer) washers for brownstock washing and bleaching. The softwood capacity of this line will be the highest in the world (3,900 tons per day).
• The world’s most energy-efficient black liquor evaporation plant with the highest capacity in Europe (1,650 tons/hour). The plant is closely connected to the fiberline using ANDRITZ’s latest innovative and patented solutions, and thus creating the most energy efficient overall combination for the mill. The plant will have seven stages and concentrate black liquor to the very high dry solids content of 85% for efficient combustion in the recovery boiler. In addition, ANDRITZ will also deliver chloride removal systems to enhance the chemical recovery process and to produce liquid methanol, which will be used as a biofuel source.
• A recausticizing plant, which will be the largest in Europe (white liquor production of 16,000 m3/day), and world’s largest single-line recausticizing plant, with two centrifuges for dregs, slaker-classifier, white liquor disc filter, and lime mud disc filter.
The new mill will be a next-generation bio-product pulp mill which can convert wood raw material into biomaterials and bioenergy in addition to producing high-quality pulp. It will not use any fossil-based fuels as all of the energy required will be generated from wood.
About The ANDRITZ GROUP
The ANDRITZ GROUP (andritz.com) is a globally leading supplier of plants, equipment, and services for hydropower stations, the pulp and paper industry, the metalworking and steel industries, and solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors. The publicly listed, international technology Group is headquartered in Graz, Austria, and has a staff of around 24,500 employees. ANDRITZ operates over 250 production sites as well as service and sales companies all around the world. The ANDRITZ GROUP ranks among the global market leaders in all four of its business areas. One of the Group’s overall strategic goals is to strengthen and extend this position. At the same time, the company aims to secure the continuation of profitable growth in the long term.
About ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER
The business area is a leading global supplier of equipment, systems, and services for the production and processing of all types of pulps, paper, tissue, and cardboard. The technologies cover the processing of logs, annual fibers, and waste paper; the production of chemical pulp, mechanical pulp, and recycled fibers; the recovery and reuse of chemicals; the preparation of paper machine furnish; the production of paper, tissue, and board; the calendering and coating of paper; as well as treatment of reject materials and sludge. The service range includes modernization, rebuilds, spare and wear parts, service and maintenance, as well as machine transfer and second-hand equipment. Biomass, steam, and recovery boilers, gasification plants for energy production, flue gas cleaning plants, production equipment for biofuel (second generation) and biomass pelleting, biomass torrefaction, plants for the production of nonwovens, dissolving pulp, plastic films, and panelboards (MDF), and recycling plants are also allocated to the business area.
About Metsä Group
Metsä Group is a responsible forest industry group whose products’ main raw material is renewable and sustainably grown northern wood. Metsä Group focuses on tissue and cooking papers, fresh forest fibre paperboards, pulp, wood products, and wood supply and forest services. Its high-quality products combine renewable raw materials, customer-orientation, sustainable development and innovation. Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5 billion in 2014, and it employs approximately 10,500 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 122,000 Finnish forest owners
About Metsä Fibre
Metsä Fibre is a world-leading producer of softwood pulp and its main brand is Botnia. Our products sustainably and cost-efficiently produced softwood and birch pulp are specially developed for the production of high-quality tissue and writing papers, speciality products, and board. With four pulp mills in Finland, we employ a total of about 850 people. Our sales in 2014 were approximately EUR 1.3 billion. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.