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June 28, 2013

Metso finalizes order agreement with CMPC Celulose Riograndense

Gerald Ondrey

Metso Corp. (Helsinki, Finland; www.metso) and CMPC Celulose Riograndense S.A. (CMPC) have finalized the agreement, according to which Metso will supply the key technology to CMPC's Guaíba II pulp line in Brazil. The total value of the project is around €800–900 million, of which around €400 million consists of Metso's own equipment and systems.

The new pulp line, which is an expansion to the existing Guaíba pulp mill, will have a capacity of 1.3 million metric tons (m.t.) per year and will be able to reach 1.5 million m.t./yr with minor investments. The new pulp line will be built in the state of Rio Grande do Sul in southern Brazil and is scheduled to be commissioned in the first half of 2015.

Metso's delivery will include the main parts of the pulp line: the cooking plant and fiberline, pulp drying and baling, evaporation, a recovery boiler, causticizing and lime kiln, and an integrated automation solution and an operator training simulator for all mill process areas.

The main part of the order is included in Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power orders received in the second quarter of 2013. The automation package is included in Metso Automation's orders received in the second quarter of 2013.

The order will be supplied by Metso's units in Europe and Brazil. The total impact on employment will be approximately 300 man-years in Metso group and during the peak of the construction approximately 4,000 people will be working for Metso in the construction site.

"The confirmation of the agreement concludes an important stage in the construction process of this new pulp mill in Brazil. This is a significant step in the consolidation of a project involving a lot of people and resources. Guaíba II is a project in which many people have worked professionally and tirelessly. Metso's professionalism and commitment to health and safety was a key element for CMPC during the decision process," says Gonzalo García, general secretary, Empresas CMPC.

"This major order from CMPC is a recognition of Metso's strong capabilities as a full-scope supplier for the pulp industry," says Pasi Laine, president of Metso's Pulp, Paper and Power business. "It highlights our customers' trust in the know-how that we have developed locally to build complete pulp mills."

CMPC Celulose Riograndense is part of the Chilean group, CMPC Celulosa, one of the largest forestry-based companies in Latin America. Its mills in Chile and Brazil produce around 2.8 million m.t./yr of pulp.



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