CHILE (News release) -- Valmet and Arauco have finalized the contract to deliver pulp drying and baling, recovery boiler and biomass boiler for Arauco's MAPA project. The delivery is part of Arauco's major investment to expand current production capacity and build a new pulp production line at the Arauco Mill in the Bio Bío region, Chile. The value of the order will not be disclosed. However, a project of this size and scope is typically valued at Euro 250-300 million.
The modernization and extension of Arauco Mill involves a $2,350 million investment, which makes it the largest investment in Arauco's history and one of the largest pulp investments in the world. The project includes the construction of a new production line, line 3, with an annual capacity of 1,560,000 tons. The new line is estimated to start operation in 2021.
The pulp drying line will have a daily capacity of 5,000 air dry tons (Adt) and consist of two complete drying machines, including four high capacity baling lines.
The pulp drying line includes advanced process control and bale management systems, which allow high quality production continuously. The drying line also includes low energy and heat consumption technologies, contributing to a lower operational cost and minimum environmental impact.
The tailored boiler island consists of a recovery boiler with a daily capacity of 6,300 tons dry solids (tDS) and a fluidized bed power boiler with 160 MW thermal capacity.
The recovery boiler features Valmet's advanced high-power features, enabling maximum energy efficiency and high electricity production, and smelt spout cleaning robot for improved safety and operator friendliness.