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Andritz starts up a new HERB recovery boiler at Kuantum Papers

Austria-headed international technology group Andritz AG has announced that it has successfully started up a new 500 t/d HERB chemical recovery boiler at Kuantum Papers Ltd in Saila Khurd, Hoshiarpur district in the state of Punjab, India.

The feedstock fibre yard at Kuantum Papers is primarily composed of grasses, and agricultural residues such as bagasse and cereal straws, the latter were previously burnt in the fields (photo courtesy Kuantum Papers).

Kuantum Papers is active in the production and marketing of wood-free writing and printing paper, thereby providing an alternative to wood-based paper. The company operates an integrated pulp and paper facility with a capacity of 100 000 tonnes per annum of finished paper.

The pulping section is equipped to handle various kinds of grasses Sarkanda Grass and Kahi Grass, agricultural residues including wheat, straw and bagasse, and hardwood from agro-forestry.

The new recovery boiler is designed to handle a mixture of hardwood and agro-based black liquor and enables environmentally friendly and more energy-efficient operation compared to a conventional boiler with a direct contact evaporator.

Thus, the mill’s pulp production, as well as the power-to-heat ratio, are substantially increased. The boiler also features a unique vertical air system to minimize air emissions.

The scope of supply also comprised of engineering for the entire system except for civil works and electrical and automation equipment, complete pressure parts, auxiliaries such as start-up oil burners, black liquor burners, smelt spouts, and the safety-related system (SRS).

We are very satisfied with the successful start-up of the Andritz boiler. The entire team at Andritz has worked tirelessly with us for successful commissioning of the HERB recovery boiler along with the set of evaporators, said Pavan Khaitan, Managing Director, Kuantum Papers

This is the first of six HERB recovery boilers currently being installed in India by Andritz, thus showing “the strong market share” that the company holds on the Indian pulp and paper market.

Andritz AG has successfully started up a new 500 t/d HERB chemical recovery boiler at Kuantum Papers Ltd in Saila Khurd, Hoshiarpur district in the state of Punjab, India (photo courtesy Andritz).

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