Arauco postpones start-up of new BEK line to March 2022

Arauco plans to increase pulp capacity
Arauco plans to increase pulp capacity
25 Oct 2021 − 

Arauco's pulp mill in southern Chile will start one year late, mainly due to pandemic-related delays.

Completion of the capacity expansion project at Arauco’s mill in southern Chile has again run into delays. The company informs that the new fibre line 3 rated to produce 1.56 million tpy of eucalyptus pulp will only be started up only in March 2022 rather than in the fourth quarter of the current year as last communicated.

The start-up has been postponed due to construction delays. Since summer 2020, factors related to the pandemic have also delayed progress at Arauco, it is learnt. In fact, the new line was originally scheduled to start up in the first quarter of 2021, a year earlier than the current schedule.

For Arauco’s MAPA project, which also includes an upgrade to pulp line 2 rated for 510,000 tpy, Finnish engineering company Valmet has been contracted to supply the pulp dryer, the baling press, the recovery boiler and the biomass boiler.

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