Finland-headed forest industry and energy technology major Valmet Oyj has announced that it has received a major order to deliver cooking, fibre line and evaporation plant to SCA's Östrand pulp mill located in Timrå, Sweden. The delivery is part of SCA's investment to upgrade the production of bleached softwood kraft pulp at the Östrand mill from today's capacity of 430 000 tonnes to 900 000 tonnes per year. The last start-up of the renewed pulp mill is scheduled for May 2018.
According to a statement, Valmet’s delivery includes a Compact Cooking G2 together with a TwinRoll press based fiber line for both ECF and TCF pulp production at a capacity of 2 850 air dry tonnes per day (adt/d). The evaporation plant consists of 7 effects with a TUBEL superconcentrator for high dry solids and has a capacity of 1 150 tonnes of evaporated water per hour. The total package is optimized for superior water and energy efficiency.
The estimated employment impact of the order is about 150 man-years mainly in Sweden. A large part of the order will be delivered from Valmet’s Swedish units: the cooking plant from Karlstad, fiber line from Sundsvall, and evaporation plant from Gothenburg. The value of the order has not been disclosed.
Valmet has previously delivered both pulp and tissue technology to SCA and has also extensive services contracts with SCA. The most recent delivery was the new Compact Cooking G2 for the SCA Obbola kraftliner mill.
This major agreement with SCA is a strong continuation of Valmet’s and SCA’s long term cooperation and an important achievement for our pulp technology business. The project has a significant employment impact to Valmet in Sweden, since a significant part of the equipment to be delivered in this project, will be engineered and produced in our Swedish units, said Bertel Karlstedt, President, Pulp and Energy Business Line, Valmet.