SAO PAULO, July 15, 2013 (RISI) - Finnish equipment supplier Metso has signed a Real 65 million ($28.6 million) contract with local companies in Brazilian Rio Grande do Sul state, as part of the CMPC Celulose Riograndense's pulp mill expansion in Guaíba.
The engineering contractors Metasa, Nova JVA and Intecnial are the first to join the Guaíba II project, which involves the construction of a second 1.3 million tonnes/yr bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp line at Celulose Riograndense, expected to start up in the second quarter of 2015.
Hiring locally is one of the project's priorities, in an attempt to minimize the impact on the 95,000 people city of Guaíba, as previously stated by the president of Metso's South American paper, pulp and energy business, Celso Tacla. The 4,000 workers are expected to start arriving in late August, and by September Tacla expects to start receiving the equipment.
Metso was hired by CMPC in June to supply the second pulp line's cooking plant and fiberline, pulp drying and baling, evaporation equipment, a recovery boiler and causticizing and lime klin, as well as an integrated automation solution and an operator training simulator for all mill process areas.