Sappi’s Ngodwana mill investment among few big projects in South Africa; seeks to meet global specialty cellulose demand

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Sappi’s Ngodwana mill investment among few big projects in South Africa; seeks to meet global specialty cellulose demand

February 15, 2013 - 08:37
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JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 15, 2013 (Local News) -A vast project is under way to modernise and change the Sappi Ngodwana mill near Nelspruit to produce higher-value export cellulose products rather than the paper, packaging and pulp products of the past.

Project GoCell, which was begun in mid-2012 and is being fast-tracked, will be largely completed by the middle of this year. It will cost $330-million, or about a fifth of the replacement cost of the Ngodwana mill, which is currently valued at $1.5-billion.

The project is employing about 2 000 people for about two years of construction. It is one of the few large engineering and building projects in South Africa at present. Most others are by Eskom.

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