WINTERTHUR, SWITZERLAND, Jan. 29, 2016 (Press Release) -Sulzer has been awarded a frame contract for process and medium consistency pumps to the Horizonte 2 project by Fibria Celulose SA, a Brazilian forestry company and the world’s leading eucalyptus pulp producer. Fibria’s new production line will be built in the Três Lagoas Unit in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul and it is scheduled for startup in late 2017.
Fibria’s new production line with an annual capacity of 1.75 million tons will increase the capacity of Fibria's existing Três Lagoas mill to 3.05 million tons of pulp per year. Sulzer supplies the manufacturing, testing, packaging, and installation supervision of the centrifugal pumps. The pump package contains Sulzer's highly efficient AHLSTAR process pumps, MBN multistage pumps and the latest generation of Sulzer MCE medium consistency pumps.
Sulzer's product portfolio covers most of the processes in a pulp and paper plant, including water and wastewater applications. The ability to offer complete and high-efficient solutions for overall pumping and mixing needs in the pulp and paper industry makes Sulzer a key full-line supplier for every new project in the area.
During the construction phase, Fibria's Horizonte 2 project is expected to create 40,000 direct and indirect jobs. This investment, one of Brazil's largest export-oriented private investments, equivalent to US$ 2.2 billion, in the state of Mato Grosso do Sul, will contribute to the country’s balance of trade, create job opportunities, improve the quality of life and foster local, regional and national development.