Metso to supply a major wood handling plant to CMPC Celulosa S.A. in Chile

Published Sept 30, 2004 11.00.00 +2 GMT

Metso Paper will supply a three-line wood handling plant to CMPC Celulosa S.A. for the company's Santa Fe Mill Expansion project in Chile. The wood handling plant is an EPC order and will be started up in autumn 2006 when the mill expansion is completed. The value of the order is approximately EUR 32 million.

The Santa Fe Mill located near Nacimiento, uses Eucalyptus globulus and Eucalyptus nitens as its raw material. The amount of wood to be processed is 3.8 million solid cubic meters per year. The design capacity of the new mill is 780,000 tonnes of bleached eucalyptus market pulp (BEK).

70 per cent of the wood used at the mill is forest debarked wood and the rest is undebarked. The order includes two GentleBarkingTM chipping lines, representing Metso's latest wood processing technology to be applied to both debarked and undebarked wood. The lines are equipped with intelligent GentleMaticTM process control to achieve the best chip quality and to minimise wood losses. The third line is designed for chipping large diameter logs up to 90 centimetres. Chip storage and screening as well as bark handling with storage are also included.

Metso Paper is globally known as a leading supplier of wood handling systems and as an innovative developer in the field. This order augments the strong market position in wood handling that Metso Paper already enjoys in South America.

More information: Antti Tohkala, Senior Vice President, Woodhandling, Metso Paper, Fiber Business Lin Tel. +358 204 82 9700, +358 400 722 711