Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology major Valmet Oyj has announced that it has received an order for a new wood handling line from compatriot forest industry major Metsä Group subsidiary Metsä Fibre Joutseno pulp mill in Joutseno, Finland. The expansion works will start this year and will be completed during spring 2020. The investment will enable the pulp mill to process larger amounts of wood fibre.
According to a statement, Valmet’s delivery includes a log infeed conveyor with de-icing, hydrostatically supported debarking drum and state-of-the-art horizontal feed chipper. The capacity of the new wood handling line will be 470 m3 per hour. The value of the order is around EUR 10-15 million.
Our softwood debarking capacity will increase with a third as a result of the expansion. This increases the effectivity of our operations and ensures the reliability of our debarking long into the future, and also enables the increase of the pulp production capacity in the future, said Ari Tanninen, Vice President for the Metsä Fibre Joutseno mill.
Metsä Fibre Joutseno pulp mill is world’s largest single line polysulfide softwood pulp mill. The annual production capacity of the Metsä Fibre Joutseno mill is 690 000 tonnes of softwood pulp. Metsä Group’s board industry company Metsä Board’s chemical-mechanical refiner pulp mill is located at the same site. The chemical-mechanical refiner pulp produced in Joutseno is mainly used for Metsä Board’s own folding boxboard production.
Our high capacity wood handling line provides an energy efficient, safe and high yield solution for the Joutseno mill. We are happy to continue our good cooperation, and also have the ability to do performance monitoring through our Industrial Internet applications to further improve the performance of the mill’s wood handling, said Paulo Aguiar, Vice President, Wood & Pulp Handling Business Unit, Valmet.