Arauco's MAPA project is close to completion. After several delays, the company expects the first bale of bleached eucalyptus pulp at its new line to be produced by the end of October.
The new bleached eucalyptus (BEK) pulp line of Chilean forest products company Arauco will probably start up by the end of October. Empresas Copec, Arauco's parent company, announced on 19 August that the first bale was expected to be produced by then. The project in Southern Chile was on the final weeks of construction, having initiated operations in many areas, it added.
The BEK pulp line is part of Arauco's MAPA project and will have a capacity of 1.56 million tpy of pulp. The start-up was delayed several times because of the Covid-19 pandemic and a lorry drivers' strike this year. The new pulp plant was originally scheduled to start up in the first quarter of 2021.