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Sweco selected as architectural design consultants for SCA's Obbola kraftliner capacity expansion project

Sweden-headed engineering and architectural consultancy Sweco AB has announced that it has been selected by forest industry major Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) to provide architectural design consultancy services for SCA's kraftliner capacity expansion project at its Obbola Mill in Umeå, Sweden.

Aerial view of SCA's Obbola paper mill in Umeå, Sweden (photo courtesy Bergslagsbilden).

Forest industry major SCA is investing SEK 7.5 billion (≈ EUR697.3 million) in new kraftliner capacity at its Obbola paper mill in Umeå, Sweden. Sweco has been selected to provide architectural design consultancy services for the project (photo courtesy Bergslagsbild).

SCA is investing SEK 7.5 billion (≈ EUR 697.3 million) to expand the capacity of its kraftliner mill in Obbola. A new paper machine will produce so-called kraftliner – paper for transport packaging – and will increase annual production capacity from the current 450 000 tonnes to 725 000 tonnes.

In addition to the increase in production, the investment includes reducing the need for oil by 8 000 m3 per year. On completion of the investments, SCA’s own industrial processes will become 97 percent fossil-free.

We are extremely proud of the assignment together with SCA to plan and project the expansion of the mill in Obbola and the world’s largest kraftliner machine. By combining many of our different competencies, we can take on this complex mission and together contribute to climate-smart and cost-effective solutions, said Sören Hed, CEO of Sweco’s Construction Designers.

Sweco’s assignments include architecture, site preparation, and construction, as well as geotechnics. The assignment consists of designing buildings for the paper machine, the lime kiln, pipe bridges, water purification, and recycled fiber. Planning for a number of remodels in the existing facility is also included in the assignment.

Production of the new paper machine is planned for the first quarter of 2023.

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