Södra has appointed Valmet of Finland as its main supplier for process equipment for the expansion of the pulp mill in Värö, near Varberg. This order is part of Södra’s investment totalling more than SEK 4 billion.
The order placed with Valmet includes a new continuous digester and upgrades to wood handling, the fibre line, evaporation plant, soda recovery boiler, causticisation, flashdryer, drying machine and baling. A large portion of the order will be supplied by Valmet in Sweden: the digester and causticisation will be supplied by Karlstad, the fibre line, flashdryer and baling by Sundsvall, and evaporation and the soda recovery boiler by Gothenburg; the wood handling and pulp dryer will be supplied by Finland. Valmet states that the order from Södra is worth around SEK 2 billion.
Södra has previously purchased groundwork, building work and construction work from NCC with regard to the expansion of Värö. Another major supplier is Raumaster, which will be supplying storage and transport equipment for chips and bark.
When the expansion work is complete, Värö will be one of the biggest pine sulphate pulp mills in the world, with a total production capacity of 700,000 tonnes of pulp per year. These investments will also considerably increase Värö’s energy efficiency.