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Valmet to upgrade Ahlstrom-Munksjö Billingsfors pulp mill in Sweden

Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology major Valmet Oyj has announced that it has been selected by pulp and paper compatriot Ahlstrom-Munksjö Oyj for the upgrade of the recovery boiler and surrounding systems in the Billingsfors mill in Sweden. The main objective is to increase the capacity of the recovery boiler although the upgrade will also result in a better boiler availability and environmental performance.

Ahlstrom-Munksjö has selected Valmet for the upgrade of the recovery boiler and surrounding systems in its Billingsfors mill in Sweden (photo courtesy Ahlstrom-Munksjö Group).

According to Valmet, it will bring major upgrades to the pulp mill’s recovery boiler. The lower part will be replaced with a new pressure vessel based on the latest designs for Valmet’s high-performing RECOX recovery boilers. New heating surfaces will be installed to increase the boiler’s heat economy and enable a higher production of steam. Surrounding systems for combustion air, black liquor, smelt and green liquor will be upgraded.

We at Ahlstrom-Munksjö Billingsfors look forward to work with Valmet in the upgrade of our recovery boiler. This project is an important step for Billingsfors to meet the stricter environmental regulations through improved process combustion, reducing local air emissions. This investment is also key for improved efficiency in the mill including lower maintenance costs and higher pulp and insulation paper production, said Jonas Lindqvist, Plant Manager, Ahlstrom-Munksjö Paper AB Billingsfors.

The delivery to Billingsfors also includes improvements that focus on worker safety and a better working environment in the boiler building. Though the value of the order has not been disclosed Valmet indicates that the value of this kind of order is typically above EUR 10 million. The upgraded recovery boiler is planned to be started in the second half of 2019.

We are very happy and proud to have been chosen as the supplier for this important upgrade and are really looking forward to working together with Billingsfors. We will bring the knowledge and technology of Valmet and will combine this with a solid partnership approach that brings the mill’s performance forward, said Marcus Grundevik, Sales Manager at Valmet.

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