Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology provider Valmet Oyj has announced that it has signed a Letter of Award (LoA) with Celulosa Arauco y Constitucion S.A. (ARAUCO) to supply key pulp mill technology including pulp drying and baling, a recovery boiler and a biomass boiler. This LoA is part of ARAUCO's MAPA project, a major investment to expand current production capacity and build a new pulp production line at the Arauco Mill located in the Bio Bío Region in Chile.
According to a statement, the delivery of the pulp drying and boilers is agreed to be done on EPS basis including plant engineering, procurement, and supervision. The pulp drying line will have a daily capacity of 5 000 air dry tonnes (Adt). The recovery boiler will have a daily capacity of 6,300 tonnes dry solids (tDS).
The biomass boiler features bubbling fluidized bed (BFB) technology and has a capacity of 160 MWth. The value of the anticipated delivery will not be disclosed. However, Valmet says that a project of this size and scope is typically valued at EUR 250-300 million.
With this project, ARAUCO continues our long cooperation in the area of boilers and pulp drying. Our cooperation extends over 15 years of successful project deliveries, said Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy from Valmet.