BRUSSELS, Oct. 1, 2013 (RISI) - Russia's Arkhangelsk pulp and paper mill (APPM) is set to build a new tissue mill in Vorsino, in the Kaluga region, some 90 km southwest of Moscow. The total cost of the project is around Rouble 5 billion ($154 million), according to the Russian news agency Itar-Tass.
The new plant will be managed by APPM's subsidiary Arkhbum Tissue Group. By mid-October the firm plans to sign a contract with an unnamed supplier for the delivery of a 2.8 m wide tissue machine. The unit's planned capacity would be 100 tonnes/day. The investment is scheduled for completion in 2015.
Over 2016-2017, APPM plans to install a second tissue machine in Vorsino. The 2.8 m wide PM would produce some 200 tonnes/day, raising the plant's total capacity to some 100,000 tonnes/yr.
The two PMs will use Arkhangelsk's virgin pulp as raw material.
Apart from two tissue machines, the Vorsino plant will also feature converting lines.
This will be APPM's first full-cycle tissue production facility. The firm currently operates tissue converting lines for toilet paper production under the MyLova and Soffione brands at its newly-built Istra corrugated plant in the Moscow region.
APPM is part of Austria's Pulp Mill Holding (PMH). PMH also operates the Kiev paper and cardboard mill in Ukraine, which produces tissue, cartonboard and containerboard.