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St. Croix specified a large steel yankee (18-ft diameter) for both machines. TM 1 started up in March and TM 2 in July 2016.

reduce our dependence on oil by bringing
natural gas to the mill. Local distribution
companies said it would take several years
to permit and build a pipeline. We did it in 10
months with an investment of US$17 million.
That was a positive indicator to the employees
and community that we meant business."
"There were also investments to improve the
reliability and throughput of the kraft mill,"
says Marco L'Italien, vice president. These
investments set the stage for the announcement
in 2013 that a new tissue mill would be built.
According to Tom Dorsch, project leader for
St. Croix, "We went through a very detailed
process to develop the specs for this mill, and
ANDRITZ was able to fulfill all the requirements of our spec." Of importance was a
specification for a steel yankee, instead of cast
iron, because of the heat transfer advantages
and safety factors. St. Croix specified 18-ft
diameter yankees instead of the standard 16-ft
ones. "The larger yankees were a good choice,"
L'Italien says. "We don't have nuisance breaks
since we have eliminated the steambox and
simplified the machine."
Another consideration was machine width.
"To meet the needs of one of our key customers," Richard says, "we needed a machine that
would give us roll widths from the standard
102 inches (2,591 mm) up to 112 inches (2,845
mm). Not too many tissue manufacturers have
this capability on-machine."
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"We have come to appreciate ANDRITZ's
contribution not only for their up-front engineering, but also for their understanding of the
entire process," Agarwal says. "They have been
an excellent partner the entire time-from the
initial design to optimization of the mill. They
have also kept in the forefront of technology,
ahead of their competitors."
BUILDING THE VISION
The contract with ANDRITZ was signed in
January 2014. Groundbreaking for the new
mill occurred in October 2014.
"We had one of Maine's harshest winters,"
Dorsch recalls. "This at the time we were

doing the deep foundation work. There were
challenges to be sure, but all of the suppliers,
including ANDRITZ, stepped up to help us
recover schedule."
For the Baileyville area this was a massive
construction project. "Logistics was one of our
biggest challenges given our remote location,"
Dorsch says. "It is 35 miles to a deep water port,
90 miles to the closest airport, and highway
access is by two-lane roads. We had over one
million construction hours involving 525 people on-site at our peak in the middle of winter."
On the equipment side, ANDRITZ delivered
the first machine in May and the second one
in August 2015. "We began commissioning

St. Croix's Marco L'Italien, vice president (left) with Marty Richard, tissue manager.

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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017

Setpoint
Tissue Industry News
ST Tissue Launches PM 5 Conversion to Tissue at Virginia Mill
Global Survey Shows Trends in Yankee Dryer Deliveries
How Will the Tissue Connection Between Europe and North America Continue?
St. Croix Tissue: The Strong Newcomer in the US Tissue Business
Sustainability is Central for Sofidel
RISI and TAPPI to Co-Produce Key Tissue Event in 2017
Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - intro
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - Setpoint
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - Tissue Industry News
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - ST Tissue Launches PM 5 Conversion to Tissue at Virginia Mill
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - Global Survey Shows Trends in Yankee Dryer Deliveries
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - How Will the Tissue Connection Between Europe and North America Continue?
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - St. Croix Tissue: The Strong Newcomer in the US Tissue Business
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - Sustainability is Central for Sofidel
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Tissue360 - Spring/Summer 2017 - RISI and TAPPI to Co-Produce Key Tissue Event in 2017
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