2017 - A big year for Mörrum
Since 2014 Södra has invested SEK 1.7 billion in its Mörrum mill and 2017 will see some important elements of the development plan come to fruition.
It was in June 2014 that Södra’s Board decided to take the first step towards expansion of Mörrum. This was within an overall strategic focus to increase the mill’s total capacity to 500,000 tonnes of pulp per year, while simultaneously increasing the proportion of bio-based energy used.
The decision to invest an initial SEK 700 million included a new wood chip facility and modernisation of the brown stock washer for the paper pulp line. In April 2016, the Board decided to implement the second step. This additional investment of SEK 1 billion comprises a new evaporation plant and reconstruction of the brown stock washer for the Textile Pulp (dissolving) line.
Step two has been ongoing for eight months. The building for the new evaporation plant within the existing mill area is now complete. The next stage of the evaporation project will be installation of the processing equipment, which will be carried out between now and September this year. At its most intense, the installation will see some 300 people working on the construction site.
Inside the mill, work on the new brown stock washer for the dissolving pulp line has commenced, and both the evaporation plant and the reconstructed brown stock washer will become operational immediately after the Q4 shutdown which takes place 13-19 November 2017.
Fine-tuning of these elements, which will take place during the first quarter of 2018, is expected to bring Mörrum up to a total capacity of 470,000 tonnes.
The project to improve the quality of water (distilled water) in the drying machine for the dissolving pulp line upgrades carried out in in 2016 is at a fine-tuning stage at the moment, as part of an ongoing process of refining dissolving pulp quality.
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