RK-Grand orders new wood handling plant from Andritz for Pitkyaranta pulp mill in Karelia, Russia, with startup planned for Q4 2023; plant will process 870,000 m3/year of pine and spruce logs

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February 4, 2022 (press release) –

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from RK-Grand OOO, Russia, to deliver a new wood handing plant for its Pitkyaranta pulp mill in the Republic of Karelia, Russia.
Start-up is planned for the fourth quarter of 2023.

The delivery includes a new debarking and chipping line with a hydrostatically supported debarking drum and horizontally fed HHQ-Chipper with a TK-IV TurnKnife System to ensure high chip quality and long intervals between knife changes. This new debarking line is designed to achieve a very high debarking degree and is equipped with an efficient de-icing system, which helps to meet the very high pulp quality standards at the Pitkyaranta mill. The plant will process 870,000 m3 sob of pine and spruce logs annually.

In addition to this equipment, the scope of supply includes chip handling for both round wood chips and purchased chips, with a new wood chip storage silo and a wood chip sorting station. The energy value of the bark will be increased with the new-generation HQ-Press bark press.

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International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. Plants for power generation, flue gas cleaning, recycling, and the production of nonwovens and panelboard complete the global product and service offering. Innovative products and services in the industrial digitalization sector are offered under the brand name Metris and help customers to make their plants more user-friendly, efficient and profitable. The publicly listed group has around 26,800 employees and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries.

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides equipment, systems, complete plants and services for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue. The technologies and services focus on maximum utilization of raw materials, increased production efficiency and sustainability as well as lower overall operating costs. Boilers for power generation, flue gas cleaning systems, plants for the production of nonwovens and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area. State-of-the-art IIoT technologies as part of Metris digitalization solutions complete the comprehensive product offering.

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