October 29, 2013 12:03 PM EEST
Future Valmet to supply a LignoBoost plant for the new biorefinery at the Stora Enso Sunila mill in Finland
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
"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