A contract for the Paso de los Toros mill in Uruguay


Andritz has received an order from Upm to provide industrial maintenance services for its new mill in the city of Paso de los Toros, Uruguay. The mill will have an annual production capacity of 2.1 million tons of bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp when it starts up in the second half of 2022.

The contract period will be 18 months for maintenance pre-engineering and site implementation and three years of operation including the warranty phase. Andritz maintenance services will cover the entire maintenance of the mill process areas and industrial assets once the mill is in operation as well as the pre-engineering and related activities to set up the maintenance services in Paso de los Toros.

The Maintenance Performance team at Andritz Uruguay will support UPM to achieve top-class reliability and availability as well as outstanding performance by the mill on a continuous basis. When it goes into operation, the mill will be self-sufficient in energy and generate a surplus of around one TWh of renewable electricity annually – to be supplied to the Uruguayan power grid.

The mill is designed to fully meet strict Uruguayan environmental regulations as well as international standards and recommendations for modern mills, including use of the latest and best available proven technology (BAT). In February 2020, Andritz was selected by Upm to supply energy- efficient and environmentally leading equipment and processes for all main process islands in fiber production and chemical recovery for this mill.