Metso Paper to supply pulping system for Arauco Valdivia in Chile

Published Feb 07, 2002 16.25.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper has received an order worth over EUR 90 million from Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. in Chile. Metso Paper will supply a pulping system for the new greenfield kraft pulp mill.

The mill will be built in the province of Valdivia in southern Chile and is designed to produce 600,000 tons per year of bleached kraft market pulp. The operation of the mill is scheduled to start up in February 2004.

The delivery consists of a complete pulp mill fiber line and pulp drying system, covering all functions from cooking to pulp baling. The pulping line is designed to produce ECF (Elemental Chlorine Free) bleached market pulp from radiata pine and eucalyptus. The technology chosen has been specially designed for the production of a high-quality end product with minimum environmental impact. The key technologies in achieving these targets are SuperBatch cooking, OxyTrac oxygen delignification and TwinRoll washing in all stages of the fiber line. Furthermore, the pulp drying system features the latest developments in the field. The width of the drying machine is 8.0 meters.

Arauco is one of the world's largest forestry companies in terms of the size of its plantations, and its output of market kraft pulp, sawn timber and panels. Arauco owns and operates four kraft pulp mills: the Arauco, Constitución and Licancel mills in Chile, and the Alto Paraná mill in Argentina. These mills have a combined annual capacity of 1.5 million metric tonnes of bleached and unbleached kraft pulp. In addition, the company owns eleven sawmills, four remanufacturing plants, a plywood mill, a Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) mill and a High Density Fiberboard (HDF) mill.

The Arauco Company is almost totally owned (over 99.9%) by Compañía de Petróleos de Chile S.A (COPEC). In 2000, the net sales of Celulosa Arauco y Constitución S.A. amounted to USD 1,183 million.

Metso Corporation is a global supplier of process industry machinery and systems. The Corporation's fiber and paper technology business area, Metso Paper, is the world's leading supplier of technology, systems and equipment for the pulp, paper, converting and panelboard industries. Metso's other core businesses are divided between Metso Minerals (rock and mineral processing) and Metso Automation (automation and control technology). In 2000, the net sales of Metso Corporation were EUR 3.9 billion, and the personnel totaled approximately 22,000. Metso Corporation is listed on the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

More information: Hannu Hakamäki, President, Chemical Pulping Lines, Metso Paper, tel. +358 204 829 801; Alpo Tuomi, Vice President Marketing, Chemical Pulping Lines, Metso Paper, tel. +358 204 829 813