UPM is making rapid progress with preparations for the start-up of its new pulp mill in Paso de los Toros in Uruguay. The project is said to be on schedule.
UPM informs that the testing phase has been in full swing for several weeks. The company will now start tests on the recovery boiler, which is considered one of the most important preparatory steps for the commissioning of the mill. The boiler with a height of nearly 100 m provides energy for the entire pulp production process, while playing a key role in the recovery of chemicals.
UPM furthermore reports that the first ships carrying chemical supplies have arrived and the new deep sea pulp terminal in the port of Montevideo has been inaugurated and started-up. The terminal has rail access and is directly connected with the pulp mill. In the future, all pulp produced by UPM in Uruguay will be transported directly out of the country by ocean-going vessels. This was a significant change from the previous logistics, which depended on deep sea ports in Brazil, UPM said. The group will operate the pulp terminal, which has a capacity of more than 2 million tpy and about 100 vessels per year, as a long-term concession holder.
The Paso de los Toros mill will generate more than 300 MW of renewable energy, which, according to UPM, is equivalent to 15 per cent of Uruguay’s energy generation.
UPM puts the total investment sum for project in Uruguay at almost $3.5bn. The start-up of pulp production is scheduled for the end of the first quarter of 2023.The new eucalyptus pulp mill will have a capacity of 2.1 million tpy