CMPC Finalizes New 1.3 Million Metric TPY Guaíba II Pulp Line in Brazil

CMPC Celulose Riograndense S.A. (CMPC), Brazil, has finalized an agreement for Metso, Finland, to supply the key technology for its Guaíba II pulp line in Brazil. Total value of the project is around EUR 800-900 million, of which some EUR 400 million consists of Metso's own equipment and systems.

The new pulp line, which is an expansion of the existing Guaíba pulp mill, will have a capacity of 1.3 million metric tpy, and will be able to reach 1.5 million metric tpy with minor investments. The new pulp line will be built in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil and is scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2015.

Metso's delivery will include the main parts of the pulp line: the cooking plant and fiberline, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, a recovery boiler, causticizing and lime kiln, an integrated automation solution, and an operator training simulator for all mill process areas.

The order will be supplied by Metso's units in Europe and Brazil. The total impact on employment will be approximately 300 man-years in the Metso group and, during the peak of construction, approximately 4,000 people will be working for Metso at the construction site.

"The confirmation of the agreement concludes an important stage in the construction process of this new pulp mill in Brazil. This is a significant step in the consolidation of a project involving a lot of people and resources. Guaíba II is a project in which many people have worked professionally and tirelessly. Metso's professionalism and commitment to health and safety was a key element for CMPC during the decision process," said Gonzalo García, general secretary, Empresas CMPC.

CMPC Celulose Riograndense is part of the Chilean group CMPC Celulosa, one of the largest forestry-based companies in Latin America. Its mills in Chile and Brazil produce around 2.8 million metric tpy of pulp.