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Bruks to deliver large chipper to new US pellet plant

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Bruks Siwertell will deliver one of its largest drum chippers to a new pellet plant currently under construction in the US.

The large Bruks drum chipper is the third of its kind to head to this operator – currently undisclosed – and has been ordered to serve a new pellet plant, making a significant contribution towards a power shift away from fossil fuels.

This delivery is part of a suite of equipment from Bruks including an automated wood yard, bark hog, various disc screens and conveyors, which are also destined to serve the plant.

“Essentially, this order was about proven technology combined with the support that we can offer as a global company,” said Stefanie Müller, area sales manager for Bruks Klöckner, part of Bruks Siwertell.

“The customer already knows the capabilities of our equipment and has good experience with it at other pellet mills. Drum chippers are a core component of plants like these. They form part of the ‘wet side’ of the facility and basically reduce the log to chips.”

At around 2.4 metres in diameter, this is one of the biggest drum chippers that Bruks has manufactured.

“Logistically, large deliveries such as these require significant planning and expertise, especially for individual pieces of equipment that are over 100 tonnes and have to make a transatlantic journey,” added Müller.

At its new location, the chipper will be able to produce up to around 1.5 million tons of wood chips per year, at a homogenous chip size of between 8-11 mm. It offers a capacity of 272 tonnes per hour and delivers 855 cubic metres per hour of loose chips, handling tree-length logs of between 3.1 m and 15.2 m, short wood, and forest clean-up. For this facility, the chipper will mainly process softwood trees.