Valmet to upgrade evaporators at Södra Cell, Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden

Valmet Corporation's press release on June 16, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. EET

Valmet will supply an upgrade of the evaporation plant at Södra Cell's Mönsterås pulp mill in Sweden. The upgrade will unload the capacity of the existing evaporation line No 1 and improve steam economy by increasing the capacity of the existing evaporation line No 2. The delivery is scheduled for autumn 2016.

The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this type and scope is typically valued at around EUR 10 million. The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2015 orders received.

The new order follows a similar major evaporation plant upgrade of the Södra Cell, Värö mill, which was awarded to Valmet last year together with upgrades of most process areas in the same mill.

"We are looking forward to this project and are satisfied with the technical concept Valmet has offered us. This will improve the function of the evaporation plant, increase the energy efficiency and increase our profit," says Jonas Olander, Project Leader at Södra Cell Mönsterås.

"We see this evaporator upgrade bringing many benefits for Mönsterås mill. Besides improving the steam economy of the plant, we are implementing dry solids content control of the firing liquor to the recovery boiler. We will also add additional washing possibility of existing heating surface areas to improve plant availability. We are happy to continue our good co-operation with Södra Cell," says Fredrik Vedin, Product Sales Manager EVAPS at Valmet.

Details about the delivery
The evaporation plant in a mill concentrates black liquor coming from the digester. In the evaporation process the evaporated water is brought back to the pulp production process in order to minimize mill's water consumption. After evaporation the concentrated black liquor is fired in the recovery boiler for steam generation and recovery of cooking chemicals.

The new Valmet equipment to be installed will be two Tube Evaporators, a Falling Film Reflux Condenser and four liquor preheaters. A substantial upgrade of the piping system and an integration and upgrade of an existing condensate treatment system will also be performed.

Over the years Valmet has assisted Mönsterås mill by making several smaller and larger upgrades of the existing evaporators. The co-operation started in 2001 when Valmet replaced damaged lamellas with TUBEL and also installed a new TUBEL Super Concentrator.

TUBEL replacing damaged lamellas at Mönsterås mill.

About the customer Södra Cell
Södra is an economic association with a membership base of about 51,000 forest owners in southern Sweden. Södra has built up a considerable production of paper pulp, wood products and biofuels. Södra employs about 3,500 people and has three business areas Södra Skog, Södra Cell and Södra Wood (former Södra Timber and Södra Interiör).

Södra Cell is one of the largest players in the world in the area of softwood pulp and operates three pulp mills in Sweden: Mörrum, Mönsterås and Värö. Södra Cell Mönsterås is Södra's biggest pulp mill with a capacity of 750,000 tonnes per year of pulp. In addition to electricity, the mill delivers district heating to the municipality of Mönsterås and to Södra's sawmill in the area. Furthermore, the mill supplies tall oil for biodiesel.

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For further information, please contact:
Fredrik Vedin, Product Sales Manager EVAPS, Valmet, Tel. +46 706 45 23 55

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