News - Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging, Ngodwana Mill



News - Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging, Ngodwana Mill

Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging, Ngodwana Mill

News - Sappi Paper and Paper Packaging, Ngodwana Mill

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Sappi approves construction of demonstration plant for Xylitol & Furfural production ...  (Company news)

... in line with strategic biorefinery plans

Sappi announced further progress in the development of its biorefinery capacity with the confirmation that it will construct a demonstration plant to further scale up its novel Xylex® technology for the production of Xylitol and Furfural. The plant will be located adjacent to the existing sugars and lignin extraction plant at Ngodwana Mill. It should be operational early in 2019. Pending successful results and further approvals it is anticipated that Sappi may construct commercial Xylitol and Furfural plants adjacent to our mills in the USA and South Africa.

Commenting on the decision Sappi CEO Steve Binnie said: "We are very happy with the progress being made by our biorefinery team, as well as with the value we are deriving from the acquisition and integration last year of the key biorefinery technologies and expert staff from Plaxica. Biomaterials and biochemicals are integral to Sappi’s strategy of extracting maximum value from wood fibre, our natural and renewable resource. We have taken a significant step towards generating meaningful revenue from this new business segment."

Louis Kruyshaar, EVP for Sappi Biotech, explained: "Sappi’s biorefinery plans are focused on building a sustainable, profitable business from the manufacture and sale of food ingredients, materials and chemical intermediates derived from the C5 sugars produced as a co-product of our dissolving wood pulp production, and from the lignin produced in our global pulp production."

The combination of Sappi’s operational excellence, the proposed co-location of the commercial plants at existing mill sites delivers strong integration synergies, and the cost advantages offered by Sappi’s scale and the Xylex® technology mean that Sappi will have a globally competitive cost base for sugars and xylitol and furfural production.

Turning to the products which the demonstration plant will provide a platform for, Kruyshaar said: "Xylitol is a high value sweetener with exciting growth prospects - it is a low-calorie sweetener which has positive dental properties and produces no insulin response, so is suitable for diabetics. Furfural is a versatile green industrial chemical derived from C5 sugars with a diverse range of derivatives".

A quick overview of the development of Sappi’s sugars extraction capacity:
-In 2016 Sappi announced it would invest in demonstration capacity at its Ngodwana Mill in South Africa to extract hemicellulose sugars and lignin from its dissolving wood pulp (DWP) line for eventual beneficiation to higher value products
-In 2017 this plant, built in partnership with Valmet, was commissioned. After operating for 12 months to demonstrate the extraction of C5 sugars from DWP production, the plant has exceeded all efficiency targets for cost, cycle time and yield.
-Later in 2017 Sappi acquired the patented Xylex® technology for the hydrolysis and clean-up of these C5 sugars, as well as to produce a valuable lignin stream.
-In April 2018, Sappi sanctioned a scale-up demonstration plant for the Xylex® technology to be located alongside the existing sugars plant at Ngodwana Mill. The plant will be commissioned in the first calendar quarter of 2019.
-This plant will enable the demonstration of technologies for the production of Xylitol and Furfural.
-Following successful commissioning of the Xylitol process, Sappi’s strategic intent is to enter the Xylitol value chain with a world-scale production plant.
-As regards Furfural, sugars extraction from our DWP assets combined with our Xylex® and Furfural capabilities will allow Sappi to pursue various partnerships in the furan chemical value chain. The furan markets are showing strong market pull for new investments due to growth as well as replacing older and smaller unsustainable assets
(Sappi Limited)

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Sappi confirms expansion plans for dissolving wood pulp (DWP) capacity  (Company news)

Sappi Limited, the South African based leading global supplier of dissolving wood pulp (DWP), speciality and packaging papers, printing (graphic) papers and biomaterials has confirmed plans and ongoing projects to significantly increase DWP capacity by 2020. In particular, Sappi has started preparatory work for the potential expansion of its Saiccor DWP Mill (photo) to ensure that the company would be in a position to increase the mill’s capacity by up to 250,000tpa to meet strong projected demand growth.

Building on the previously announced debottlenecking investments which will increase the Saiccor Mill capacity by 10,000tpa by the end of 2018, work has also started at increasing the chipping capacity and modernising the Saiccor Mill wood yard. The new equipment for the wood yard is scheduled to be delivered and installed at the end of 2018, with start-up planned for January 2019. The wood yard investments will result in cost, quality, environmental and efficiency benefits to the Saiccor Mill and is also a major step towards preparing the Saiccor Mill to expand by a further 250,000tpa.

Sappi is also busy with the preparatory work to enable it to initiate the pre-requisite EIA (environmental impact assessment) process to study potential impacts, gather community input and model new technology benefits of the proposed 250,000tpa expansion, which would increase the Saiccor Mill’s total capacity to over 1 million tpa.

The project has the potential to bring additional investments and jobs into the KwaZulu Natal region of South Africa, increase foreign revenues for the country and further entrench South Africa as a global leader in forest products.

Sappi is also, as previously announced, in the process of expanding its dissolving wood pulp capacity at its Ngodwana Mill by 50,000tpa through debottlenecking projects. This work is scheduled for completion by August 2018.

At our Cloquet Mill, we are completing a study regarding the expansion of pulping capacity within our existing permit limits, maintaining our ability to make either DWP or Kraft pulp. It is envisaged that such an expansion would have the capacity to increase DWP production by around 30,000tpa and could be brought on line by mid-2019.

Collectively these current and planned investments demonstrate Sappi’s commitment to respond to strong customer demand for additional dissolving wood pulp volumes.

Further updates on Sappi’s expansion plans will follow during 2018.
(Sappi Limited)

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Valmet delivers new chipper to Sappi's Ngodwana pulp mill in South Africa  (Company news)

Valmet will deliver a new gravity feed chipper to Sappi Southern Africa (Pty) Ltd Ngodwana. The upgrade targets are to increase the chipping capacity, to maintain or improve chip quality and minimize wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed in May 2018 and the start-up is planned for the beginning of June 2018.

The order was included in Valmet's second quarter 2017 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

"Valmet came up with a unique solution to 'swop' out the existing chipper with a new larger chipper by not requiring any major concrete works changes allowing for a short shut-down duration to install the new chipper, thus enabling minimal operation down time," says Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

"South Africa has been a successful market area for Valmet's wood handling business and with this delivery we continue our positive trend. The Valmet sales team concentrated on optimizing the solution for a demanding raw material and minimizing the payback time for Sappi," says Jussi Taskinen, Manager R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet"

Details about the order
The order consists of a Camura GS1050 chipper with auxiliaries and a screen extension, including machinery, erection, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation is also carried out by Valmet.
(Valmet Corporation)

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A Valmet supplied demonstration scale plant for second generation sugar extraction ...  (Company news)

... officially opened at Sappi Ngodwana Mill in South Africa

In 2016 Sappi and Valmet agreed on a joint development project to deliver a demonstration plant to Sappi Ngodwana Mill in South Africa in order to explore and optimize the extraction of biorenewable chemicals.

Photo: The opening ceremonies of the second generation sugar extraction demonstration plant were conducted by Sappi and Valmet representatives at the Sappi Ngodwana Mill in South Africa

The demonstration plant was officially opened on April 5, 2017. Guests from all over the world participated in the opening ceremony which included speeches from Sappi and Valmet management representatives.

The event was opened by Alex Thiel, Chief Executive Officer of Sappi Southern Africa and followed by SW Engelbrecht, General Manager Sappi Ngodwana Mill, who gave a mill perspective. Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President Pulp and Energy, Valmet, highlighted the good cooperation between Sappi and Valmet and finally Luis Kruyshaar, leader of Sappi Biotech division, introduced the biotechnology concept.

"The plant continues Sappi's strategic move into the biomaterials and bio-energy business fields to extract more value from the production processes and in response to the global demand for renewable materials with a lower carbon footprint," commented Andrea Rossi, Group Head Technology from Sappi.

"The development of solutions to replace fossil materials with renewable ones and to produce new high-value end products is one of Valmet's research and development focus areas. This project is a concrete example of new opportunities. By working together, we have been able to combine Valmet's leading technology knowledge with Sappi's process and market insight," said Bertel Karlstedt, Business Line President, Pulp and Energy from Valmet.

"New revenue opportunities include possibilities to extract biobased materials from the cooking plant such as hemicellulose sugars and lignin for beneficiation to higher value biochemicals. The products under development will expand Sappi's renewable biomaterials offering which include nanocellulose, biocomposites and lignosulphonate," said Louis Kruyshaar, leader of the new Sappi Biotech division.

The plant is close to industrial size and makes it possible to study the next generation dissolving cooking process and test new ideas in mill scale.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Valmet to supply an evaporation line to Sappi's pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa  (Company news)

Valmet will supply an evaporation line to Sappi Southern Africa Limited to be built at the company's pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa. The new evaporation line 3 will replace the existing line 1, and will meet the future needs of the mill's ongoing pulp production capacity expansion, together with existing evaporation line 2 that was upgraded by Valmet in 2013. The overall steam economy of the mill will also improve with this investment.

The order was included in Valmet's fourth quarter 2016 orders received. The value of an order of this type is typically valued below EUR 10 million. The new evaporation line is planned to be started up during latter part of 2018.

"The number 1 evaporator plant at Sappi's Ngodwana Mill was commissioned when the mill was built in 1966. Recent upgrades to the mill's product line and production expansions provided an opportunity to replace the original evaporator plant with a modern state of the art plant. Various companies submitted proposals for the expansion project and Valmet was successful in their submission for various reasons, including offering the best technical solution," says SW Engelbrecht, General Manager, Sappi Ngodwana Mill.

"Valmet's global teams, including South African organization, have worked together with Sappi teams to create a new high efficiency evaporation line for dissolving pulp liquor, an application where we have many good modern references globally," says B Syamsundar, Sales Director, Pulp and Energy, Valmet.

Details about Valmet's delivery
Valmet will supply a 6-effect evaporation line tailor-made for dissolving pulp liquor application. The delivery covers main evaporator effects, a surface condenser, flash tanks, platforms and main supporting structures, a vacuum system, as well as vapor ducting and liquor circulation piping.

The new evaporation line 3, will feature same REVAP Concentrator technology as that used for recent evaporation line 2 upgrade, as well as five Tube Evaporators. The new evaporator line includes Valmet's patented ICT (Internal Condensate Treatment) for producing more clean condensate for recycling in the mill. Line 3 will have a design capacity of 310 tons of water per hour, producing heavy liquor at 70% dry solids.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Valmet to supply a demonstration scale plant for next generation dissolving pulp cooking to ...  (Company news)

... Sappi in South Africa

Valmet will supply a dissolving pulp cooking demonstration plant to Sappi in South Africa to explore and optimize the extraction of biorenewable chemicals. The plant will be close to industrial size and is located at Sappi's Ngodwana mill (photo). The demonstration plant will make it possible to study the next generation dissolving cooking process and test new ideas in mill scale. Start-up of the new plant is scheduled for the beginning of 2017.

The order is included in Valmet's second quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order will not be disclosed.

In this project Sappi and Valmet will together take the next step in dissolving pulping and explore new revenue possibilities in the dissolving pulp production. These new revenues include possibilities to extract bio-based materials from the cooking plant pre-hydrolysate stream such as sugars and lignin to beneficiate to higher value bio-chemicals.

"This investment in new technology continues to support Sappi's strategic direction of seeking new bio-based opportunities and at the same time will generate a platform with associated benefits for further increased volumes and quality of dissolving wood pulp," noted Andrea Rossi, Sappi's Group Head Technology.

"We are very pleased that Sappi has selected Valmet as the supplier of the Ngodwana mill dissolving cooking demo plant. Our common target is to create the next generation dissolving pulp cooking concept which has the potential to be a game changer for our industry the coming years. The main features with the new concept are higher dissolving pulp quality, lower operating cost and a new optimized hydrolysate revenue stream. This project is in line with our R&D targets to provide advanced technologies and promote the use of renewable material. This will also further strengthen our market leadership position within dissolving pulp technology," says Lars Sjödin, Director at Valmet's Fiber Processing business.
(Valmet Corporation)

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Sappi to construct a second generation renewable sugar extraction demonstration plant at its ...  (Company news)

...Ngodwana Mill (photo) in South Africa

Sappi has commissioned the construction of a demonstration plant at Sappi’s Ngodwana Mill in Mpumalanga Province, South Africa.

-The demonstration plant will extract hemicellulose sugars and lignin from Sappi’s existing dissolving pulp line.
-The sugars platform will include beneficiation to higher value organic acids, glycols and sugar alcohols which find application in many everyday products.
-The plant continues Sappi’s strategic move into the biomaterials and bio-energy business fields to extract more value from the production processes and in response to the global demand for renewable materials with a lower carbon footprint.
-The investment in biochemicals follows on the earlier investments in biocomposites, nanocellulose as well as Sappi’s expansion of lignosulphonate capacity.

Sappi Limited, a leading global producer of dissolving wood pulp and graphics, speciality and packaging papers, is pleased to announce that it has entered into an agreement with leading global supplier Valmet for the construction of a second generation sugar extraction demonstration plant to explore and optimise the extraction of biorenewable chemicals. The plant will be close to industrial size and will be located at Sappi’s Ngodwana Mill in South Africa. Start-up of the new plant is scheduled for the beginning of 2017.

Commenting on the decision, Andrea Rossi, Group Head Technology, explained that the demonstration plant will accelerate Sappi’s move into new adjacent business fields based on renewable raw materials. Sappi’s strategy includes seeking growth opportunities by extracting further value from existing production processes. The feedstock for the demonstration plant would be supplied from Sappi’s Ngodwana dissolving wood pulp plant. The demonstration plant is the precursor for Sappi to consider construction of commercial plants at its dissolving wood pulp mills. The plant will also be used to improve the dissolving wood pulp manufacturing process.

He goes on to say “The demonstration plant will make it possible to study the next generation dissolving pulping process and test new ideas at mill scale. The main features which we hope to demonstrate include increasing production output, higher dissolving pulp quality, lower operating cost and a new optimised hydrolysate revenue stream. The products from the demonstration plant will assist in the development of various beneficiation options for the different dissolving wood pulp lines operated by Sappi.”

Louis Kruyshaar, leader of the new Sappi Biotech division commented: “New revenue opportunities include possibilities to extract biobased materials from the cooking plant pre-hydrolysate stream (such as hemicellulose sugars and lignin) for beneficiation to higher value biochemicals. These applications respond to the global demand for renewable materials with a lower carbon footprint. The products under development will expand Sappi’s renewable biomaterials offering which include nanocellulose, biocomposites and lignosulphonate. This technology will also further enhance Sappi’s global competitiveness and cost leadership and strengthen its production base in South Africa.”
(Sappi Limited)

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Sappi concludes sale of Cape Kraft Mill; invests to increase energy self-sufficiency at Tugela and..  (Company news)

... Saiccor Mills

Further to the announcements of March and July 2015 regarding the sale of Sappi’s Cape Kraft Mill in Milnerton, Cape Town, Sappi wishes to confirm that all conditions have been met and that the mill has been transferred on 23 November 2015, to the new owners, the Golden Era Group. The sale is not categorisable in terms of section 9.5 of the JSE Listings Requirements.

The sale of Cape Kraft Mill signals Sappi’s exit from the recycled paper packaging market, a market where Sappi did not enjoy any competitive advantage. Sappi Southern Africa in future will focus on: its commercial timber operations; enhancing its already world-leading dissolving wood pulp capacity at Ngodwana and Saiccor Mills; investing in its containerboard capacity at its Tugela (photo) and Ngodwana Mills; its tissue and office (copy) paper capacity at Stanger Mill; its newsprint capacity at Ngodwana Mill; providing the South African market with a worldclass range of coated, uncoated and speciality papers made at Sappi’s European mills, as well as, increasing its by-products offering including Lignosulphonate from Tugela Mill.

During the course of 2016, Sappi will invest in projects to increase the company’s energy self-sufficiency through the installation of new turbines at the Tugela and Saiccor Mills. The turbines will produce approximately 23MW of power and contribute to increasing Sappi Southern Africa’s self-sufficiency from 56% to 72% by the end of 2016. This will help mitigate against any future power shortages but more importantly will lower Sappi’s energy costs.

As mentioned previously the combined proceeds from the sales of Enstra and Cape Kraft Mills amounts to just under R600m.
(Sappi Limited)

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Sappi results for 3rd quarter ended June 2013 highlights continued tough market conditions  (Company news)

Picture: Chief executive officer Roeloff (Ralph) Jacobus Boëttger

Summary for the quarter
- Successful start-up of both dissolving wood pulp projects
- Operating profit excluding special items US$8 million (Q3 2012 US$60 million)
- Loss for the period US$42 million (Q3 2012 US$106 million loss)
- Loss per share 8 US cents (Q3 2012 loss of 20 US cents)
- Net finance costs US$42 million (Q3 2012 US$141 million)
- Net debt US$2,297 million (Q3 2012 US$2,213 million)

Commenting on the result, Sappi Chief Executive Officer Ralph Boëttger said:
The third financial quarter is seasonally our weakest, due to typically lower demand in Europe and North America and the scheduling of planned annual maintenance shuts at most of our major pulp mills. In this transitional year, the quarter was also impacted by the extended shuts at both the Cloquet and Ngodwana Mills as they completed the capital projects to convert existing paper pulp lines to dissolving wood pulp. In addition, market conditions, particularly in our European paper business, deteriorated further during the quarter. These factors combined to reduce group operating profit excluding special items for the period to US$8 million from US$40 million in the prior quarter and US$60 million for the equivalent quarter last year. The third-quarter results were also impacted by special items including a charge of US$11 million related to plantation price fair value adjustment and a charge of US$4 million due to plantation fire damage in South Africa.
Both the dissolving wood pulp projects at the Ngodwana and Cloquet pulp mills have now started production. The Cloquet Mill produced the first bales of dissolving wood pulp in early June, and the ramp-up has progressed according to schedule with production and quality targets having been met. The Ngodwana Mill started up in late July, a few weeks later than scheduled, and we expect this mill to ramp-up to full production over the coming months.
The past quarter saw a further deterioration in European paper industry conditions, exacerbating an already weak market, and demand is expected to remain subdued. Input costs, particularly pulp, remain high and we do not expect to see any price increases in our major paper grades in the coming quarter. Plans are being finalised that will result in significant capacity closure, lower costs and improved operating margins in Europe. We envisage these actions will occur over a three-year period and that any cash costs will be self-funded. The benefits of these actions will begin to flow in the 2014 financial year.
We expect our European business to make an operating loss in the fourth financial quarter which will result in the group making a small net loss for the financial year. Our full year results may be impacted by the aforementioned strategic initiatives and, any asset impairments and restructuring costs that may arise.
Debt remains within the levels previously indicated despite the weaker operating performance. We expect debt levels to peak during the fourth quarter as the final outlays for the dissolving wood pulp projects occur and to end the quarter slightly lower than that reported for the third quarter. Our medium-term leverage target remains between 1.5 and 2 times net debt to EBITDA.

The quarter under review
This seasonally slow quarter saw a significant decline in demand for our major paper grades, with total European industry deliveries of coated woodfree and coated mechanical paper down 8% year-on-year for the quarter. Our total sales volumes were 6% below that of the equivalent quarter last year despite good growth in specialities volumes. Average prices realised were slightly higher than in the previous quarter, as a result of marginal price increases for coated woodfree paper, but remain on average below those of the equivalent quarter in the prior year.
In the North American business, operating profit for the current quarter was negatively impacted by an estimated US$12 million due to 22 days of incremental downtime taken for the Cloquet pulp mill conversion project and related ramp-up of operations. Coated paper sales volumes were essentially flat year-on-year; however the average net sales price per ton was 4% lower than in the prior year due to a competitive local market and increased import pressure. Prices appeared to have stabilised during the quarter and we expect to realise some price increases on economy sheets and web products over the coming months. The release business continues to perform well and sales volumes were up 11% compared to last year driven by improved demand and the success of our key new patterns.
In the Southern African business, the domestic paper packaging and office paper markets were weak during the quarter; although, towards the end of the quarter and to date, there have been encouraging indications in the containerboard segment of a possible improvement in volumes. The estimated adverse operating profit impact of the conversion to produce dissolving wood pulp at the Ngodwana Mill and the extended pulp mill downtime was approximately ZAR78 million during the quarter. The Specialised Cellulose business had another good quarter, generating ZAR463 million in EBITDA excluding special items at an EBITDA excluding special items margin of 30%. Sales volumes for the quarter were 183,000 tons, similar to the prior quarter and 8% lower than the equivalent quarter last year due to the timing of shipments. During the quarter, the planned annual maintenance shut of one of the pulp lines at Saiccor Mill took place. We are pleased that we were able to reach an agreement with labour on wage increases for the forthcoming year.
Net finance costs for the quarter of US$42 million were in line with those of the prior quarter. The comparative Q3 2012 net finance costs of US$141 million included the once-off charges of US$89 million related to the bond refinancing during that quarter.
Net cash utilised for the quarter was US$157 million, compared to net cash utilisation of US$56 million in the equivalent quarter last year. This cash utilisation was mainly as a result of capital expenditure of US$174 million which related primarily to the strategic investments in expanding our dissolving wood pulp capacity and lower profits from operations. We expect that capital expenditure for the full year will not exceed US$600 million.
Liquidity remains strong with cash on hand of US$236 million and US$561 million available from the undrawn committed revolving credit facilities in Europe and South Africa. We have sufficient liquidity to complete the spending on the various capital projects. During the quarter, the €330 million international securitisation programme was renewed and the facility maturity date extended to 2016.

The South African paper business expects to see growth in containerboard volumes, although demand continues to be weak in other grades. Cost pressures and weak demand have resulted in further actions to improve the profitability being implemented.
The North American paper business is positioned to perform well in an increasingly competitive market and we expect to realise some price increases on economy sheets and web products over the coming months.
Our expanded global Specialised Cellulose business is focussed on selling the increasing dissolving wood pulp volumes, as the mills continue on their start-up curves, and cementing our position as the leading producer in this market. Dissolving wood pulp prices are under pressure in this competitive market, and could have an impact on margins going forward.
The coated woodfree paper machine conversion project at Alfeld Mill, which will increase our speciality paper production, remains on track for start-up during the first financial quarter of 2014.
(Sappi Fine Paper South Africa)

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Metso valves for Sappi's Ngodwana fiberline expansion  (Company news)

The long-term relationship between Sappi Ngodwana and Metso is strengthened by a new contract for automated valves and services to increase the mill’s efficiency.
Metso will deliver all the automated process valves required for Sappi’s fiberline expansion in the Ngodwana mill in South Africa. In this project, called Go-Cell, the existing fiberline is being expanded to produce chemical (specialised) cellulose, also known as dissolving pulp. In total, over 700 automated valves will be delivered during the final quarter of 2012, and the mill start-up is scheduled for early 2013.
Metso was chosen as a supplier because of the proven quality and reliability of its solutions in similar applications worldwide. The existing, large installed valve base in the mill makes it beneficial for Sappi to select Neles products once again, as this will facilitate the successful management of shutdowns, inventories and spare parts. The decision to choose Metso was further reinforced by the long relationship between the organisations and the excellent service support provided to the mill.
Metso will supply all the automated on-off and control valves with intelligent Profibus positioners for the new fiberline, and for upgraded process areas in evaporation, recausticising and ash leaching. The delivery includes valves in stainless steel, duplex stainless steel, titanium, SMO and ceramic material in sizes from DN25 to DN500. All valves are equipped with pneumatic cylinder actuators and intelligent positioners or limit switches. The delivery also comprises Neles metal-seated ball valves, segment and triple eccentric Neldisc butterfly valves as well as Jamesbury soft-seated ball valves.
In addition to typical process valves, Metso will also supply specially designed high-consistency valves for the fiberline as well as capping and discharge valves for six batch digesters for the cooking plant. All these high-performance solutions will support the mill’s goals of increased efficiency and reduced energy consumption.
The expanded fiberline will produce 210, 000 tonnes per annum of chemical (specialised) cellulose, which is widely used in the textile, pharmaceutical and food industries. Sappi is the global leader in chemical (specialised) cellulose production.

Experienced in valves
Metso is the leading provider of valve solutions and services. Metso’s Flow Control solutions include control valves, automated on/off and emergency shut-down valves, as well as smart positioners and condition monitoring technology. Metso’s world-leading brands include Neles, Jamesbury and Mapag.
Due to Metso’s strong position in advanced valves technology, services are a major part of their offering. Several of their service centers are located close to major production facilities in order to support customers. For valve customers, Metso already has 32 service centers around the globe, and a new supply and service center was opened in India last spring.
(Metso Oyj)


ABB wins $8.6 million order from Sappi in South Africa   (Company news)

Automation and power equipment will help increase mill efficiency and lower fuel consumption

ABB, the leading power and automation technology group has been awarded a large Electrification and Instrumentation (E&I) and Distributed Control System (DCS) order by Sappi Southern Africa.
ABB will engineer, procure and supply equipment for Sappi’s Ngodwana mill in Nelspruit, South Africa. This scope forms part of Sappi’s Project Go Cell, which entails the expansion of the current mill for the production of chemical cellulose. This order follows ABB’s successful implementation of Sappi Saiccor’s Amakhulu project in 2007.
Among the products to be supplied are Medium Voltage switchgear, Low Voltage MCCs incorporating intelligent motor controls, Profibus intelligent instrumentation, Variable Speed Drives and ABB’s state of the art 800xA control system. These products will support the mill’s goals of increased efficiency and lower energy consumption.
Due to the size and complexity of the project and to meet Sappi’s project deadline, ABB will have an international team of Pulp and Paper composite plant experts from South Africa, Finland and Singapore work on this project. The project team will ensure the seamless installation and completion of the electrification and automation equipment in Sappi’s required timeframes (plant production is expected to begin in 2013).
Sappi Southern Africa is a global leader in the production of chemical cellulose, which is used in the production of a wide range of consumer products such as clothing, plastics, food and pharmaceutical products.
“ABB South Africa’s contribution to the expansion and modernization of Sappi Ngodwana is a proud achievement for ABB and a further testament of our capabilities in the Pulp and Paper for this giant player in the industry”, said Carlos Pone, CEO of ABB South Africa. “The project teams from the two companies will develop synergies and capabilities to benefit processes in the production of chemical cellulose at Sappi.”
(ABB Asea Brown Boveri Ltd)


Metso to supply pulp line for production of chemical cellulose for Sappi’s Ngodwana mill ...  (Company news) South Africa

Metso will supply a new fiberline for chemical cellulose for Sappi’s Ngodwana mill in South Africa. Start-up is scheduled for the first half of 2013. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
Metso’s delivery will include the design and supply of the main equipment for the new fiberline, from cooking to bleaching. The batch cooking plant is to be designed according to the prehydrolysis process and TwinRoll wash presses will be used in all washing positions.
The equipment to be supplied, together with Metso’s experience and know-how of this type of special pulp, will enable Sappi to produce high-quality chemical cellulose pulp for the growing market.
The new fiberline will produce around 215,000 air dried tonnes chemical cellulose hardwood pulp per year. In addition to the cooking plant and fiberline which will be new, Metso will also supply equipment for the upgrade of wood handling, evaporation and recausticizing as well as a new ash leaching system.
The main part of the order is included in Paper and Fiber Technology’s third quarter 2011 orders received and the evaporation and ash leaching equipment delivery in Energy and Environmental Technology’s third quarter 2011 orders received.
(Metso Oyj)