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Planned maintenance shutdown at pulp mill takes just 10 days

new pulp mill in southern Brazil, the process was carried out by Valmet in what was one of the largest it had ever executed. The mill’s G2 pulp line at Guaíba in Rio Grande do Sul state invested in planned maintenance so that it could reach its annual capacity of 1.5 million tons/year of bleached eucalyptus pulp. The maintenance shutdown took place over 10 days in July and August. Fernando Pereira, maintenance manager at CMPC, commented: “Valmet contributed to the successful shutdown of G2 with its personnel’s technical skills and organisation, and its planning, safety and environmental state-of- the-art criteria. There is no doubt, Valmet and CMPC reinforced their partnership and I believe the company will be a strong candidate for future planned shutdowns.” Rogério Duarte, Valmet’s mill sales manager, added: “We made careful planning with the customer for several months,

W hen CMPC

planned the first maintenance shut down at its

and thanks to this work we were able to start the line again faster than planned. The geographical location of CMPC Guaíba’s pulp mill demands special attention on safety and environmental issues as well as good cooperation with local community. In this respect, our role is not only to ensure that the equipment is running well, we also need to take care of the overall aspects which are part of

the mill’s operation.” Valmet was in charge of the

overall maintenance of the core equipment delivered to the southern Brazilian pulp mill, including cooking, the fibre line, drying machines, causticizing, the evaporation plant and the recovery boiler.

The Guaíba pulp mill has two pulp production lines. Shutdown of G2 line, which was delivered

Second PrimeLine tissue machine started up at St Croix

The start-up of the second of two new PrimeLine W8 tissue machines with steel Yankees has been completed by Andritz at the St Croix tissue mill in Maine, USA. The machine has a design speed of 2,000 m/min and a width of

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5.6 m. The all-steel Yankee has a diameter of 18 feet and enables efficient drying at lower energy costs and safe operation. As a special feature, the Yankee’s design enables the option of production with shoe press. Both machines – the first of

the two tissue machines started production in the second quarter of 2016 – have a total capacity of 126,000 tonnes per year of hygienic papers and napkin tissues. “We have had a good experience with Andritz; they are a proven

by Valmet and started up in May 2015, was executed by Valmet’s Service and Project Execution teams.

CMPC Celulose Riograndense is part of the Chilean CMPC Celulosa group, and one of the largest forestry-based companies in Latin America, operating mills in Chile and Brazil which produce around four million tonnes of pulp per year.

supplier,” says Arvind Agarwal, chief executive of International Grand Investment, the parent company of St Croix Tissue. “We have considerable confidence in their technology and reliability. The start-up of the two PrimeLine machines was outstanding and the ability of the machines to produce high-quality tissue with excellent formation is allowing us to convert a commodity product into a value- added product.’

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