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Sulzer to supply pumps, mixers to €1.6bn Finnish bioproduct mill

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Sulzer will supply pumps and mixers to a new €1.6 billion bioproduct mill project in Finland.

Metsä Fibre, part of the Finnish forest industry company Metsä Group, which specialises in wood-based bioproducts such as pulp, sawn timber, bioenergy, and biochemicals, and Sulzer Pumps Finland, signed an agreement for the supply of process pumps, medium-consistency pumps and mixers for the main processes of the bioproduct mill that will be built in the town of Kemi. The delivery will include several hundred pieces of equipment.

The project represents the largest investment ever in the wood processing industry in Finland. The Kemi bioproduct mill will produce around 1.5 million tons of softwood and hardwood pulp annually. The pulp will be used as a raw material for board, tissue, printing paper and special products, as well as various bioproducts.

“We have set high material, energy, and environmental targets for the Kemi bioproduct mill,” said Jari-Pekka Johansson, director of the bioproduct mill project at Metsä Fibre. “Only the best technology will be used.

“That is why we require that our partners also provide the most technically reliable solutions and that they are familiar with our processes and needs. Based on our experience, Sulzer’s solutions fall into this category.”

The mill is planned to be operational in 2023 and will operate completely without fossil fuels.