Valmet to supply cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd
Finland-headed energy and forest industry technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it will supply cooking and fiberline to Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers Ltd (TNPL) for its unit 2, located in Mondipatti in the Trichy District, India.
Tamil Nadu Newsprint and Papers is situated at Kagithapuram in the Karur District of the Tamil Nadu province in India. The company produces newsprint, printing and writing papers using hardwood and bagasse as the primary raw materials.
The site has a 200 000 tonnes per annum multilayer board machine, which has been in operation since 2016. The new pulp mill located in Mondipatti in the Trichy District, will have a capacity of 165 000 tonnes per year of bleached hardwood kraft pulp and the start-up is planned for the first quarter of 2021.
Valmet has a long-term relationship with TNPL. Valmet has previously supplied two fiberlines based on hardwood and bagasse respectively to their unit 1 in Kagithapuram.
The unit 2 is a leading manufacturer of pulp and paper board in India. The new pulp mill with Valmet’s cooking and fiberline technology will further strengthen our ambition to maintain the leading position. The Valmet fiberline brings the latest technology to the TNPL Unit 2 with thrust on water conservation and environment protection. This fiberline will go a long way in making the operations of our unit 2 profitable, said S V R Krishnan, Executive Director (Operations), TNPL.
The scope of Valmet’s supply includes main equipment and process design for continuous cooking, deknotting, screening, brown stock washing, oxygen delignification, a three-stage ECF bleaching and DNCG systems including pressure vessels, instrumentation, and pumps. Although the value of the order has not been disclosed, Valmet says that the value of the delivery of this scope is usually valued in the range of EUR 20-30 million.
Valmet’s technology is proven to meet TNPL’s strict requirements for low water consumption and raw material efficiency, which have special importance in this region. Since the launch of our latest third generation continuous cooking system in late 2018, we have been well received by the market and this order is yet another acknowledgment of that. Furthermore, this will be Valmet’s first modern reference in India for a continuous digester system, so we are proud and grateful to be a part of the project together with TNPL, said Eva Engelfeldt, Senior Sales Manager, Fiber Processing Business Unit, Valmet.