Metso Corporation: Future Valmet to supply a LignoBoost plant for the new
biorefinery at the Stora Enso Sunila mill in Finland
Metso Corporation's press release on October 29, 2013 at 11:00 a.m. local time
Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business, the future Valmet, will supply a
LignoBoost lignin separation plant to Stora Enso's Sunila mill near Kotka in
the south east of Finland. The order is one part of Stora Enso's EUR 32
million biorefinery project. The start-up is scheduled for the first quarter
of 2015. The value of the order will not be disclosed. The order is included
in Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power fourth quarter 2013 orders received.
The LignoBoost plant is to be integrated with the pulp mill to separate and
collect Lignin from the black liquor. The new biorefinery will reduce the CO2
emissions of the mill by replacing a significant amount of natural gas with
dried lignin fired in the lime kilns. This is also the first step towards the
creation of a new business to sell lignin to external customers.
"This investment is a significant step in the transformation of the Sunila
mill towards an innovative and customer focused biorefinery. It will improve
the mill's environmental performance and enable Stora Enso Biomaterials
Division to step into new markets with renewable solutions based on lignin,"
says Sakari Eloranta, Senior Vice President, Operations and Investment
Projects, Stora Enso Biomaterials.
"LignoBoost is one of our biotechnology solutions that responds to the growing
interest in utilizing bio-based raw materials. The technology was originally
developed by Innventia and the Chalmers University of Technology. Metso
acquired the technology in 2008 in its entirety and has developed it further.
We are happy that we have been able to take this technology to commercial
scale in our customer projects", explains Anders Larsson, Director, Bio
Materials, from Metso's Pulp and Energy business line.
The order consists of a LignoBoost plant which will produce 50,000 metric tons
of dried lignin per year. This will be the second commercial LignoBoost in the
world. The first plant started- up this year at the Domtar Plymouth mill North
Stora Enso Biomaterials offers a variety of pulp grades to meet the demands of
paper, board and tissue producers. The mission is to develop higher value
added bio-based products that contribute positively to our customers by
helping them reduce their environmental footprint. The Sunila mill has an
annual capacity of 370,000 tonnes of softwood pulp. The mill employs
approximately 160 people.
Metso's pulp, paper and power professionals specialize in processes,
machinery, equipment, services, paper machine clothing and filter fabrics. Our
offering and experience cover the entire process life cycle including new
production lines, rebuilds and services.
As of January 2014, Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business will serve its
customers with an even more focused and competitive approach as an
independent, listed company, Valmet Corporation.
Metso is a global supplier of technology and services to customers in the
process industries, including mining, construction, pulp and paper, power, and
oil and gas. Our 30,000 professionals based in over 50 countries contribute to
sustainability and deliver profitability to customers worldwide. Metso's
shares are listed on the NASDAQ OMX Helsinki Ltd.
For further information, please contact:
Anders Larsson, Director, Bio Materials, Pulp and Energy business line, Metso,
tel. +46 70 588 5477
Kari Remes, Vice President, Recovery, Pulp and Energy business line, Metso,
tel. +358 40 709 2015
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