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Metso supplies a recovery boiler to Grasim Industries in India

Metso Corporation’s press release on January 31, 2011 at 1:00 p.m. Finnish time

Metso will supply the Harihar Polyfibers unit of Grasim Industries Limited with a recovery boiler to replace the two existing recovery boilers at the rayon grade pulp mill located in Kumarapatnam, Karnataka state, India. Start-up of the boiler is scheduled for the Q3 of 2012. The value of the order is not disclosed. The order is included in Energy and Environmental Technology’s Q4/2010 orders received.

The recovery boiler for black liquor burning is rated to fire 475 tons of dry solids per day (t ds/day) and designed for the future capacity of 600 t ds/day and pressure of 65 bar. Metso’s delivery includes the main equipment and piping and standard equipment for the recovery boiler as well as field instruments.

The new recovery boiler will improve steam generation and help lower operating and maintenance costs over the mill’s two present bidrum recovery boilers. “We have been operating two recovery boilers since 1974 and 1978 and there are various concerns associated with these boilers due to ageing. After evaluating various options, we entered into a contract with Metso for a new recovery boiler as replacement for existing boilers for ensuring safe and reliable operation and enhanced environmental performance. This recovery boiler project is prestigious for Harihar plant and we hope Metso with their professional approach will meet our expectations”, says Mr Rajendra Jain, Executive President, Harihar Polyfibers.

Metso’s Power business line established its operation in India in 2008, and since then the business operation has scaled up as a regional center to cater to the regional market. In 2009 India was the Metso Group’s 11th largest country in terms of orders received with EUR 117 million. India was also 12th largest country in terms of Metso Group’s net sales with EUR 131 million. The Metso Group has altogether about 700 employees in India.

Grasim Industries Limited, part of Aditya Birla Group, is the largest exporter of Viscose Rayon Fiber (VSF) in India, with an aggregate capacity of 333,975 tpa. The Harihar Polyfibers unit houses facility for manufacture of both VSF and rayon grade pulp, the basic raw material for VSF.

For further information for the press, please contact: D Ravi, Managing Director, India, Power business line, Metso, tel. +91 97890 57299

Metso's representatives will be available for questions at the Cleantech Finland media briefing at Delhi Sustainable Development Summit DSDS 2011. The press event takes place on February 3 at 11:30 – 12:00 a.m. in the Jehangir Hall at Taj Palace Hotel in Delhi. Inquiries: janica.johansson@finpro.fi.