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Andritz to supply wood processing plant for Ilim Group in Russia

Andritz Pulp & Paper, the forest industry arm of Austria-headed international technology group Andritz AG has announced that it has received an order from the Ilim Group to supply a wood processing plant with two debarking and chipping lines, chip and bark handling equipment, and a SmartWoodyard advanced control system to the Koryazhma mill in the Arkhangelsk region, Russia. Start-up is scheduled for mid-2021.

One of Russia’s leading pulp and paper companies, Ilim Group currently produces around 3.4 million tonnes of products in facilities located Arkhangelsk, Irkutsk, Leningrad, and Moscow regions. Over the past few years, the Ilim Group has invested US$3.2 billion in the development of its own enterprises and plans to invest another US$3.6 billion in the modernization of facilities and the launch of new capacities.

The implementation of the investment programme will allow the group to increase the volume of production by one million tonnes to produce 4.4 million tonnes of final products per year by 2023.

New woodyard and woodchip facilities

According to a statement, the new woodyard at the Koryazhma mill will replace existing roundwood and woodchip storage facilities, which have a pneumatic conveying system. The technology to be supplied by Andritz will, the company says, substantially contribute towards reducing emissions and operating costs, resulting in environmentally friendly, high-quality chip production and considerable raw material savings.

The scope of supply, the value of which has not been disclosed, includes new debarking and chipping lines with:

  • unique de-icing process for logs in the debarking drums
  • horizontally fed HHQ-Chipper
  • two HQ-Press bark presses
  • chip and bark handling equipment, including chip storage
  • SmartWoodyard advanced control system, including Decision Support Wall (DSW) and process optimization system with smart sensors like WoodScan, BarkScan, ChipperEKG, CrusherEKG, and ScanChip wood chip analyzer.
HQ-Press bark press increases the energy value of bark (image courtesy Andritz).
HQ-Press bark press increases the energy value of bark (image courtesy Andritz).

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