Metsä Fibre to take 24-day maintenance shut at its NBSK pulp mill in Joutseno, Finand, for equipment replacement and modernization, losing 50,000 tonnes of production

LOS ANGELES , May 4, 2014 () – Metsä Fibre Oy in Finland plans to take a 24-day maintenance shut in June at its northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp mill in Joutseno, which will reduce its production by 50,000 tonnes, according to company information.

The shutdown will enable replacement of the furnace bottom, the modernization of the recovery boiler combustion air system, and the installation of a new woodchip silo. In a recent statement, the company said the total value of the investment is about €13 million (US$18.0 million).

The Joutseno mill’s maintenance shuts are normally for just seven days.

The capacity of the mill, which is Metsä Fibre’s largest, is nearly 700,000 tonnes/year, or about 2,000 tonnes/day.

The company said in a statement that the new furnace bottom will ensure the safety and continued operating reliability of the boiler, and that the more advanced combustion system will also reduced NOx emissions. It said these modifications will further improve environmental performance the Joutseno mill, even though this facility already satisfies the criteria for best available technology. Delivery and installation of the new boiler equipment will be handled by Valmet Corporation.

Metsä Fibre said the new woodchip silo will also improve plant availability and reduce production losses, while also benefiting neighbors by capturing silo fumes for combustion in the recovery boiler. It said Andritz Group will implement this project.

The annual capacity of Metsä Fibre’s four mills, all in Finland, is 2.410 million tonnes, according to the company website. In addition to Joutseno, this includes 520,000 tonnes of hardwood and softwood pulps at Äänekoski, 590,000 tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp at Kemi, and 630,000 tonnes of softwood pulp at Rauma.

On April 23, the company announced plans to build a 1.3 million tonnes/year mill in Äänekoski.

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