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Valmet to supply new white liquor plant to CMPC Celulosa S.A., Laja pulp mill in Chile

Valmet will deliver a new white liquor plant to CMPC Celulosa S.A.'s Laja pulp mill in Chile. The new white liquor plant will replace the existing one and will comply with new environmental permits coming into force in 2018. Furthermore it will give higher white liquor plant production rate and increase flexibility of the lime cycle management within CMPC Corporation. Start-up of the new plant is scheduled to be in February 2018.

The order is included in Valmet's first quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed. A new white liquor plant with this scope is usually valued between EUR 70-80 million.

"We have selected Valmet to supply this project due to the company's solid performance in carrying out different projects for us, while maintaining excellent environmental and safety standards during the construction phase. We trust that the new white liquor plant will not only improve Laja's environmental performance, but will also help to reduce our operational costs", says Neil Chablani, Director of Projects & Technology at CMPC Celulosa S.A.

"We have shown that our white liquor plant technology is competitive both from a capital as well as an operational point of view, and confirms our position as a leading technology supplier in South America region," says Carl Mikael Stål, Technical and Operational Manager at Valmet in Andes Region.

Technical information of the delivery

Valmet's delivery includes a white liquor plant with causticizing and lime kiln for efficient chemical recovery. The new white liquor plant will have a capacity of 5,500 m3 of white liquor per day and a lime kiln capacity of 450 tons per day. Valmet's reliable Recovery Analyzer is a key element for the process control of the white liquor plant. This implementation will be the first Recovery Analyzer reference for Valmet in the Andes region.