Metso Paper to rebuild TMP plant at NSI Saugbrugs

Published Mar 13, 2006 11.00.00 +2 GMT

Norske Skog Saugbrugs, Halden, Norway, has selected Metso Paper to rebuild their TMP2 thermomechanical pulp plant. The plant, feeding PM 6 paper machine, consists of two TMP lines, which will be rebuilt separately. Start-up of the first rebuilt line is scheduled for March 2007 and the second line follows in October 2007. The delivery of equipment will start in September 2006.

The Saugbrugs Mill aims to improve the quality, particularly the surface properties, of magazine papers manufactured by PM 6. The current TMP pulping process will be modified so that the pulp properties fulfill the quality requirements of final paper.

Metso Paper will supply a new primary refining stage, which will improve fiber characteristics. A new primary screening line and auxiliary equipment to separate the reject from the existing TMP lines into separate reject refining systems are also included in the supply.

Norske Skog is a world leading producer of newsprint and magazine paper, with 20 wholly and partly owned mills in 14 countries on four continents. The Saugbrugs Mill became a part of Norske Skog in 1989 and is now one of the largest and most modern production units of SC magazine paper in the world. The three paper machines have a total annual capacity of 550,000 tons.

Metso is a global engineering and technology corporation with 2005 net sales of approximately EUR 4.2 billion. Its 22 000 employees in more than 50 countries serve customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, the energy industry and selected other industries.

For additional information, please contact: Ulf Hellberg, Senior Vice President, Mechanical Pulping, Tel. +46 60 16 58 57,

Markus Johnsson, Vice President, Sales, Mechanical Pulping, Tel. +46 60 16 53 76,