ANDRITZ is supplying major pulp production technologies and key process equipment for the world’s largest DP pulp mill


International technology group ANDRITZ is supplying major energy-efficient and environmentally friendly pulp production technologies and key process equipment for Bracell’s Project “STAR” in the city of Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo state, Brazil.

The mill features two flexible, environmentally friendly hardwood fiberlines for a capacity of 2.6 – 2.8 million tons/year of bleached kraft pulp or 1.5 million tons/year of dissolving pulp, which is used as raw material for the production of viscose. ANDRITZ was awarded this contract in July 2019, and start-up is scheduled for August 2021.

Bracell, one of the largest global producers of dissolving pulp and special pulp, is finalizing its Project Star work to expand the company’s operations in Lençóis Paulista, in the interior of São Paulo state. The plant, which is one of the largest and most sustainable pulp mills in the world, will start operating in mid-August 2021, with a production capacity of up to three million tons per year. The project is outstanding due to its sustainable DNA, featuring advanced technology, operating entirely free of fossil fuel, and using renewable raw materials to create biodegradable products.

According to Pedro Stefanini, General Director of Bracell SP, the technologies applied in Project Star aim to make production in the mill even more sustainable. “The project is much more than a pulp mill. It is the future of the bioindustry. Here we will have the largest and cleanest recovery boiler in the world, equipped with state-of-the-art technologies that are not yet used on an industrial scale in the region,” says Pedro Stefanini.

ANDRITZ is providing – on EPCC (Engineering, Procurement, Construction and Civil Construction) basis – four of the six most important process islands in the pulp mill:
*A complete Wood Processing Plant using ANDRITZ’s proven technologies.
*An ANDRITZ HERB Recovery Boiler with high steam parameters of 101 bar(a) and 515°C to maximize power generation.
*Two environmentally friendly hardwood Fiberlines, for capacities of 2.6 to 2.8 million t/y of kraft pulp or 1.5 million t/y of dissolving pulp.
*Two innovative EvoDry Pulp Drying Systems for the most energy-efficient pulp drying based on the high-capacity Twin Wire Former technology.
*ANDRITZ is also supplying a Non-Condensable Gas (NCG) treatment system that enables safe and environmentally friendly treatment of all types of diluted or concentrated malodorous gases, thus meeting the strictest environmental and social requirements.



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Valmet to deliver a semi-chemical pulp line to Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd, Chongqing in China


HELSINKI — Valmet will supply a semi-chemical pulp (SCP) line to Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd, Chongqing in China. The technology deliveries by Valmet will begin in 2022 and the start-up is planned for 2023.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2021.The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at around EUR 10-20 million.

“Our cooperation with Valmet has been good and we are convinced that the partnership and Valmet’s technology will support our development,” says Edmond Lee, CEO, Lee & Man.

“Lee & Man and Valmet have developed a good relationship as a result of the deliveries of many paper and tissue machines throughout the years. We are pleased that we have now also earned Lee & Man’s trust in delivering a new semi-chemical pulp line to their mill in Chongqing. The new semi-chemical pulp line will fulfill Lee & Man’s need for virgin fiber pulp for the production of packaging grades,” says Fan Ze, Vice President, Capital Sales, Valmet, China.”

Details about Valmet’s delivery

The delivery includes the latest technology for semi-chemical pulp production and will provide excellent resource efficiency for Lee & Man. The technology provides possibilities to optimize pulp properties with low wood and energy consumption. The deliveries include Valmet Continuous Cooking, screening, refining and washing technologies.

About the customer

Established in 1994, Lee & Man Paper Manufacturing Ltd has grown from a small company into a world leading paper and pulp manufacturer. The Group manufactures linerboards of various grades and corrugating medium of different specifications used for different industrial packaging purposes. The group currently has five paper mills and one pulp factory in China and an annual capacity of more than 7.385 million tons (of which, packing paper capacity is about 6.48 million tons, pulp capacity about 180,000 tons, and tissue paper capacity about 900,000 tons). In recent years, Lee & Man also established production bases in Vietnam, Malaysia, and other southeast Asian countries.



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Valmet to supply tissue line to Hayat Kimya in Russia


HELSINKI — Valmet will supply the ninth tissue line delivery, including an extensive automation package, to Turkish tissue producer Hayat Kimya. The company has decided to invest in a new tissue machine at their new mill in Russia, with a target to meet the increasing demand for their high-quality tissue products. The new line will add 70,000 tons of tissue to their current production of facial, toilet and towel tissues. The start-up is planned for the end of 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

The new tissue machine TM10 will have a width of 5.6 m and a design speed of 2,100 m/min.

The raw material to be used in the tissue production will be virgin fiber. The new production line is optimized to save energy and to enhance the quality of the final product.

Hayat Kimya A.S. is part of the Hayat Group. The Hayat Group primarily operates in the home care, hygiene and tissue categories for the consumer goods industry.



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Valmet to supply a conversion from paper machine to fluff pulp drying machine at Daio Paper Corporation’s Mishima mill in Japan


HELSINKI — Valmet will supply a conversion from paper machine to fluff pulp drying machine at Daio Paper Corporation’s Mishima mill in Japan. The delivery will include new machinery, rebuilds and automation in the pulp drying line and reel system in the existing paper machine PM15.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2021. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The start-up is scheduled for the first quarter of 2023.

“Valmet has a long experience of fluff pulp drying machines and our technology enables an optimal solution to meet specific design targets of fluff pulp. Once again, we are happy to be trusted with this type of project,” says Jussi Hyvönen, Sales Manager at Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes a new headbox specially designed for fluff pulp with a wide operating window, and a steam box of automatic profiling type. The headbox is equipped with Valmet IQ dilution control. A new cooler of vertical type will cool down the web after the cylinder dryer. Cooling will preserve quality and prevent moisture and yellowing. Rebuilds will be done in wire and press section, in the cylinder dryer and reel. A Valmet DNA machine control system for the wet end will also be included as well as erection of main machinery.

About the customer Daio Paper Corporation’s Mishima mill

The Daio Paper Group operates businesses in a wide range of fields from materials such as newsprint, printing and publication paper, wrapping paper, and containerboard that support cultural and industrial activities, to personal care products. Mishima mill possesses the pulp production facilities that can produce various types of pulps, such as both hardwood pulp and softwood pulp, mechanical pulp and recovered paper pulp. Its total production volume is about 2.10 million tonnes annually, which accounts for about 8% of the total paper and paperboard production in Japan.



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Valmet to supply a boiler upgrade and a flue gas cleaning system to Stora Enso’s Anjala-Ingerois sites in Finland


HELSINKI — Valmet will supply a boiler upgrade and a flue gas cleaning system to Stora Enso’s Anjala-Ingerois sites in Finland. The goal of the investment is to reduce the emissions and to ensure flexible use of different fuel mixtures in heat production, as well as to achieve better boiler performance and higher boiler efficiency.

The order is included in Valmet’s orders received of the second quarter 2021. The value of this kind of boiler rebuild is typically around EUR 15-20 million. The boiler outage is scheduled for the third quarter of 2022, but the installation work of the new baghouse filter will be done mainly before the shutdown. The project’s focus has been in finding ways to minimize the boiler shutdown time.

“We are looking for a new wider operation range with better operational performance, high reliability and compliance with future emission limits. We believe in Valmet´s capability to deliver the boiler upgrade which will meet our requirements,” says Ari Pöntinen, Manager, Investments and Operations Development, Anjala Mill, Stora Enso.

“The upgrade will significantly extend the boiler’s lifetime. Many of the modifications include new waste-to-energy features to make the existing boiler more suitable for using solid recovered fuel. At the same time, modifications and replacements will improve availability, secure safe operation and reduce maintenance costs,” says Jouni Koskinen, Senior Manager, Sales and Technology, Rebuilds and Conversions, Valmet.

Information about Valmet’s delivery

Valmet’s delivery includes an upgrade to an existing biomass and solid recovered fuel (SRF) fired BFB boiler, with a thermal power of 110 MWth. Maintenance type of replacements will be part of the work. The air emission control system modification includes an efficient new baghouse filter with additive feeding.

Information about the customer Stora Enso

Stora Enso is a global provider of renewable solutions in packaging, biomaterials, wooden constructions and paper. At the Anjala site, Stora Enso produces book papers, magazine papers and improved newsprint and is closely integrated with the neighboring Stora Enso Ingerois production site, utilizing synergies in raw material and energy supply. In Ingerois, Stora Enso produces folding boxboard. Stora Enso has some 23,000 employees, and sales in over 50 countries. The company’s sales in 2020 was EUR 8.6 billion.



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Andritz completes multi motor drive upgrade at Hamburger Containerboard in Austria


International technology Group Andritz has successfully installed a new Multi Motor Drive (MMD) and drive control system for paper machine 3 at Hamburger Containerboard Group’s mill in Pitten, Austria, completing this demanding retrofit project within a very short time. The installation and start-up of the Andritz scope took less than two weeks.

As part of the upgrade, which aimed to increase operating efficiency and ensure spare parts availability, Andritz replaced the existing DC drive system with a state-of-the-art AC drive system. To meet the customer’s tight schedule, Andritz developed a concept using high-dynamic performance motors with approximately the same frame sizes as the existing ones, which reduced the need for mechanical modifications, adjustments to foundations and downtime to a minimum.

Andritz’s scope of supply included the delivery of all motors, the Multi Motor Drive cabinets consisting of IGBT supply units and inverter units, as well as a tailor-made automation and safety system, all fully integrated into the mill-wide Distributed Control System. Installation services, commissioning, start-up, and subsequent optimization were also performed by Andritz.



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Norske Skog selects Voith for Golbey PM 1 conversion project


HEIDENHEIM/GOLBEY – In June, one of Europe’s leading producers of publication papers, Norske Skog, commissioned the technology group Voith to rebuild the PM 1 production line for the future production of recycled packaging paper. In addition to the extensive rebuild of the PM 1, Voith will supply a new BlueLine stock preparation system and efficiency-enhancing services. Located in the Vosges area, the plant will produce 550,000 tons of containerboard per year with a wire width of 9,300 mm. The focus is on lightweight packaging papers between 70 and 135 g/m2. Commissioning is scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2023.

“The order confirms our very good partnership. We are delighted that Norske Skog has chosen our state-of-the-art technological solutions. As a full-line supplier, Voith provides the customer with a system that offers the highest productivity while reducing energy and resource consumption, thus aligning production optimally for the future market.”Martin Schmid, Vice President Projects Sales at Voith Paper

Tore Hansesætre, Senior Vice President Strategic Projects at Norske Skog, adds that the European packaging market has an increasing need for sustainable products, among others due to the growing e-commerce.

Norske Skog can meet these demands with this investment by offering lightweight containerboard produced from green energy and 100 percent recycled materials. Tore Hansesætre adds: “We are glad to have found in Voith the perfect partner for our Golbey project.”

State-of-the-art technology for optimized production
The proven BlueLine stock preparation system will ensure stable stock quality with optimized fiber yield and minimal energy consumption. The core component of BlueLine is the efficient IntensaDrum pulper drum, including a sophisticated feeding system, which will process up to 2,100 tons of recovered paper daily. The scope of supply also includes the entire reject handling system, which will process up to 100 tons of rejects daily. When it comes to the paper machine, the focus is also on state-of-the-art technology. Sheet forming is based on a combination of a MasterJet Pro G2 two-layer headbox and a DuoFormer CBv shoe-blade former. The Tandem NipcoFlex press ensures maximum dry content with closed web run. The entire paper machine is equipped with ropeless threading, minimising the risk of accidents for the operating personnel.

Norske Skog will invest a total of 250 million euros in the Golbey PM 1 conversion project. Another key factor in winning the order was the ECA-covered financing support offered by Voith, which helps to minimize risk and provide credit protection.

About Norske Skog
Norske Skog is a world leading producer of publication paper with strong market positions and customer relations in Europe and Australasia. The Norske Skog group operates four mills in Europe, of which two will produce recycled containerboard following planned conversion projects. In addition, the group operates one publication paper mill and one wood pellets facility in Australasia. Norske Skog aims to further diversify its operations and continue its transformation into a growing and high-margin business through a range of promising conversions, energy and fiber projects. The group has approximately 2,100 employees in five countries, is headquartered in Norway and listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker NSKOG.

About the Voith Group

The Voith Group is a global technology company. With its wide range of plants, products, services and digital applications, Voith sets standards in the markets for energy, oil and gas, paper, raw materials and transport & automotive. Founded in 1867, Voith today has more than 20,000 employees and earns 4.2 billion euros in sales. It has locations in over 60 countries and is one of Europe’s larger family-owned companies.

About Voith Paper

The Group Division Voith Paper is part of the Voith Group. As the full-line supplier to the paper industry, it provides the largest range of technologies, services, and products on the market, and offers paper manufacturers holistic solutions from a single source. The company’s continuous stream of innovations facilitates resource-conserving production and supports customers in significantly reducing their carbon footprint. With its comprehensive automation products and leading digitization solutions from the Papermaking 4.0 portfolio, Voith offers its customers state-of-the-art, digital technologies to increase the availability and efficiency of their systems in all areas of the production process.



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DuPont, spinoffs to pay $50M for ‘forever chemical’ cleanup


WILMINGTON, Del. (From news reports) — DuPont Co. and two spinoffs will pay at least $50 million to Delaware to help clean up toxic chemicals, the Delaware Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

It’s the first time the state’s Department of Justice has resolved environmental damage claims on behalf of the state, news outlets report. The settlement will pay for environmental restoration, improvement, sampling and analysis, community environmental justice and equity grants, and other natural resource needs, the department said.

DuPont and Corteva, previously the agriculture division of DowDuPont, will each contribute $12.5 million. Chemours, DuPont’s former performance chemicals unit, will contribute $25 million. The three companies reached a cost-sharing agreement earlier this year. They will fund up to an additional $25 million if they settle similar claims with other states for more than $50 million.

The settlement resolves their responsibility for damage caused by releases of historical compounds including per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFAS. They include perfluorooctanoic acid, or PFOA, which was used in the production of Teflon, and have also been used in firefighting foam, water-repellent clothing and many other household and personal items. They are sometimes referred to as “forever chemicals” because of their longevity in the environment.

The settlement is the result of an investigation led by the attorney general’s office into the environmental impacts of legacy industrial activities in Delaware, the department said. That investigation is ongoing and the department said it is expected to result in additional recoveries from other parties or enforcement actions.

“This is the most significant environmental settlement that the State of Delaware has ever secured, and it is being delivered on a timeline that matches the urgency of this moment,” Jennings said in a statement.

It moves the state ahead in the restoration of natural resources and support of vulnerable communities, she said.

“This settlement could not have been achieved without the goodwill and assistance of all parties.” DuPont Executive Chairman and CEO Ed Breen said. “That goodwill is borne out of the Companies’ more than 200-year relationship to the State, its people, and its economy.”



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In $5.25 billion deal, Clayton, Dubilier & Rice and BASF sell Solenis


NEW YORK (News release) — Clayton, Dubilier & Rice (“CD&R”) announced an agreement under which its portfolio company, Solenis, will be acquired by Platinum Equity. The transaction, expected to close before the end of 2021, implies an enterprise value for Solenis of $5.25 billion. CD&R and Solenis management currently collectively own 51% of Solenis, and chemical company BASF holds the remaining 49%. Both CD&R and BASF will fully exit Solenis as part of the transaction announced today.

Founded in 1907 and headquartered in Wilmington, Delaware, Solenis is a global leader in supplying innovative specialty chemicals and services for process, functional and water treatment applications to consumer and industrial markets. The company’s global footprint spans across 120 countries and five continents, and comprises over 5,200 employees and 41 manufacturing facilities. The company’s two primary business segments, Consumer and Industrial, deliver solutions that help customers drive sustainability and operational efficiency while reducing costs, and together represent significant growth potential for the business.

CD&R funds acquired a majority stake in Solenis from Ashland, Inc. in a July 2014 transaction that ascribed an enterprise valuation of $1.8 billion to Solenis. In 2019, Solenis merged with BASF’s Paper & Water Chemicals business, creating a leading solutions provider for the pulp & paper and water treatment industries.

Under CD&R’s ownership, Solenis enhanced its service-intensive business model, which relies on its more than 1,400 highly trained sales technicians operating on site at customers’ facilities. This operational focus allowed Solenis to expand its presence in the market, increase its customer base and enhance its approach to delivering sustainable value. It also enabled Solenis to navigate the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic whilst retaining a strong financial profile and creating opportunities for continued growth in the future.

“We’re proud to have supported Solenis’ growth strategy and have enjoyed working alongside the company’s talented team since our initial investment in 2014,” said CD&R Partner Stephen Shapiro. “In that time, Solenis has significantly expanded its global presence, strengthened its customer offerings, and emerged as a sustainability leader. We’re pleased to have found a strong new investment partner for Solenis and look forward to following the company’s continued success.”

“This transaction is a strong validation of the growth and success we have achieved over the last seven years under CD&R ownership,” said Solenis Chief Executive Officer John Panichella. “We thank the CD&R team for its support, which has positioned us well for this exciting next phase of growth with our new investment partners at Platinum.”

BofA Securities and Citi served as co-financial advisors for Solenis, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provided legal counsel to Solenis. BofA Securities and Citi acted as co-financial advisors, and Debevoise & Plimpton LLP provided legal counsel to CD&R. Piper Sandler Valence acted as financial advisor and Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher LLP provided legal counsel to Platinum.



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