VIENNA, Austria, July 10, 2020 (Press Release) -Mondi, global leader in packaging and paper, has commissioned a crude tall oil plant (CTO-plant) at its Syktyvkar pulp and paper mill. The new equipment allows processing of all sulphate soap generated as a by-product of the pulp production process in the mill. As a result of this investment, the mill will be able to produce up to around 40,000 tonnes of crude tall oil annually.
The new CTO-plant produces softwood and hardwood tall oil obtained through sulphuric acid treatment of sulphate soap which is a by-product of the pulp cooking process. Softwood tall oil is used at Mondi Syktyvkar to mitigate pitch deposits at the digesters, while hardwood tall oil is sold to external companies dealing in petrochemical, road construction, paint and coating. In recent years, tall oil has been intensively used for biodiesel fuel production primarily in Scandinavian countries.
The state-of-the-art equipment allows for automation and online control of almost all parameters of the process and makes it possible to perform continuous production of tall oil.
“The CTO-plant was built as part of the Horizon strategic investment programme aiming at eliminating bottlenecks in pulp and paper production processes, as well as responding to the mill’s increased production capacity. Processing of by-products of the pulp production process has become one of the outcomes of the roadmap as the old plant could no longer manage growing pulp production volumes“, said Klaus Peller, Managing Director of Mondi Syktyvkar.
To properly maintain the new CTO-plant the staff have undergone specialist training. To further leverage the production potential of the new CTO-plant, additional equipment will be commissioned including a 600 m3 sulphate soap storage tank, a dispatch unit with a new bridge to load oil into rail tank cars and tank trucks as well as an additional storage tank to ensure the necessary stock of tall oil. Works for these projects are scheduled to be completed by the end of 2020.
About Mondi Syktyvkar
Mondi Syktyvkar is a part of Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper. The mill is one of the leaders in pulp and paper industry in Russia. The company’s core business is the production of office and offset paper. It also produces newsprint, containerboard and market pulp. The most important brand of the company is the office paper “Snegurochka”.
About Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper
Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper is a business unit of Mondi Group. In six operating sites in Austria, Slovakia, Russia, and South Africa, Mondi Uncoated Fine Paper produces pulp and environmentally sound office and professional printing papers tailored to the latest professional digital and offset print technologies.
The company complies with the strictest international certification standards to support sustainable production processes through the responsible management of forest, water and air resources. All Mondi uncoated fine papers belong to the Green Range of papers that are FSC™ or PEFC™ certified, 100% recycled or bleached entirely without chlorine. Its renowned brands such as Color Copy, DNS, IQ, MAESTRO, NAUTILUS, BIO TOP 3, PERGRAPHICA, NEUJET, Snegurochka or ROTATRIM are used in office environments on laser or inkjet printers and by professional printers on digital or offset presses to create brochures, transactional material, folders, invitations, business cards, letterheads or other high-impact communication. Converters appreciate the excellent printability and smooth handling of Mondi’s professional printing papers.
Mondi is a global leader in packaging and paper, contributing to a better world by making innovative packaging and paper solutions that are sustainable by design. Our business is fully integrated across the value chain – from managing forests and producing pulp, paper and plastic films to developing and manufacturing effective industrial and consumer packaging solutions. Sustainability is at the centre of our strategy and intrinsic in the way we do business. We lead the industry with our customer- centric approach, EcoSolutions, where we ask the right questions to find the most sustainable solution. In 2019, Mondi had revenues of €7.27 billion and underlying EBITDA of €1.66 billion.
Mondi has a premium listing on the London Stock Exchange, and a secondary listing on the JSE Limited. Mondi is a FTSE 100 constituent, and has been included in the FTSE4Good Index Series since 2008 and the FTSE/JSE Responsible Investment Index Series since 2007.