Customer case:

Suzano's Imperatriz pulp mill sets new standards for green energy in Brazil

We have been supplying to the national grid an average of 80 MW of surplus energy, based on liquor and biomass sources
José Alexandre de Morais, Industrial Operations Director of Suzano




The mill is located in Imperatriz in Maranhão state in the north of Brazil. The state is one of the less developed in the country, and Suzano’s investment was the first of its kind in the region.


Customer challenge




The climate in the region is similar to that found in Amazon forest, with temperatures close to 30°C throughout the year and two well-defined seasons: the dry season and the rainy season, marked by six month of heavy rain. Such a climate brought great challenges to the workers during the construction period. At the peak of the construction phase, there were over 11,000 workers involved with 7,000 of them employed by Valmet.






“The location of the mill was chosen in an area where land was freely available for tree plantations and there was no competition with food production. Being close to the equator saves four days of transportation to our customers in the USA and Europe, saving fuel and CO2 emissions,” says Adriano Canela, Suzano’s Project Director.



Pulping and fiber, New lines