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Klabin successfully starts up biomass gasification plant

Klabin successfully starts up biomass gasification plant
The 51 MW ANDRITZ biomass gasification plant (photo courtesy Klabin).

In Brazil, Klabin S.A., the biggest paper producer and exporter of paper for packaging, has successfully started up a biomass gasification plant at the Puma Unit, located in Ortigueira, State of Paraná (PR).

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Founded in 1899, Klabin is the only company in Brazil offering one-stop-shop solutions in hardwood, softwood, and fluff pulp, and the leader in corrugated board packaging and industrial bags.

It currently operates 18 industrial plants of which 17 are in Brazil and one in Argentina.

Supplied by Austria-headed international technology group Andritz AG (ANDRITZ), the gasification plant enables entirely fossil-free operation of one of the mill’s lime kilns by replacing 100 percent of the heavy fuel oil (HFO) with a biomass-derived gas thereby significantly reducing the pulp mill’s carbon footprint.

Biomass gasification is part of ANDRITZ’s CircleToZero product portfolio, which focuses on optimizing side streams, creating new added-value products, and laying the foundation for zero emissions and zero waste production.

The main ANDRITZ scope of supply included:

  • 51 MW gasification plant
  • Belt dryer
  • Multi-fuel lime kiln burner
  • Biomass handling equipment
  • Electrical building

ANDRITZ was chosen as the gasification supplier because of successful previous references and was also the main supplier of Klabin’s Puma I and II projects, which were started up successfully in 2016 and 2021, respectively.

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