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Left: H. M. King Carl XVI
Gustaf of Sweden was
in to plant a tree at the
Värö pulp mill's official
inauguration.

Below from left: Jonas
Eriksson, manager
Södra Cell Värö; H. M.
King Carl XVI Gustaf of
Sweden; Lars Idermark,
CEO of Södra.

challenges to overcome, as the mill continued
running at full capacity during the expansion.
Marcus Hellberg, head of marketing and
business development at Södra Cell, says of
the project, "It's been a great success on several levels. We're very proud of the fact that
the new line was built while the old line was
still running. This is possibly a first for the
industry-to run a mill of this scale in parallel with such a large reconstruction is not the
norm. And we actually hit an all-time high
production level during this period, which is
quite an achievement.

Marcus Hellberg, head of marketing and
business development at Södra Cell.

Värö Scope of Supply
The main supplier for the SEK 4 billion project (US$458 million) was Valmet, supplying the new fiber line, digesting plant, rebuilding the drying machine and baling
lines, reconstruction and completion of evaporation, recovery boiler, and causticization.
Other suppliers included Doosan Skoda for the new condensing turbine; Raumaster
for the chip stock, chip conveyers and screening station; Veolia Water for the biological
wastewater treatment plant; and Akzo Nobel for the dioxide plant.
For electricity and automation, ABB supplied control systems and drives and Vacon
supplied the AC drives.

"Employing thousands of contractors and
suppliers inside a working mill was a huge
challenge in terms of security and logistics.
Overall, it was a feat of organization and
planning. However, the fact that we did suffer a fatality during construction is deeply
regretted by everyone involved and for that
reason, of course, we cannot say the process
was perfect."
And how are production levels now, and
progress toward achieving design speed?
"Production targets for 2016 were not fully
met, largely because installation was delayed,
causing the mill to start up five weeks behind
schedule. However, the plan was never to ramp
up to full capacity by the end of 2016. This year
is really the ramp-up year, and we will be at
full design capacity of 700,000 metric tons by
the end of 2017, in line with our plan."
Aside from the initial hitch of starting up
later than expected, Södra says it is now following its predicted start-up curve accurately.
"Targets are always hard to set," says
Hellberg, "but we simulate our production
numbers based on data collected from similar start-up projects, both brownfield and
greenfield, and so far, it's proving accurate.
While production numbers are of course
important, the emphasis now is on making
sure we continue to tweak the quality to the
optimum level."
AN EXPANDED PRODUCT PORTFOLIO
Obviously, in the demanding world of pulp,
quality and choice are key as well as being
able to supply the required tonnage. What
difference has the project made to customer
choice? Hellberg says, "Värö's expansion
means that we can now offer our customers a larger volume of high-quality Nordic
NBSK sourced from a secure, sustainable raw
material base-our members' forests. This
provides peace of mind for customers, both
on availability and sustainability.

"We will also be able to offer them an
expanded product portfolio. We are currently
running ECF trials with a view to offering
both ECF and TCF grades. In addition, we've
increased our capacity of flash-dried pulps.
These have high porosity and are high-value
grades, especially appreciated in the specialty
sector-for filters, for example."
From Södra's point of view, the NBSK market is looking healthy. Hellberg says outlook
for the grade is bright and right now the focus
is on consolidating its position as one of the
world's leading suppliers of the softwood
grade. "Now is the time to concentrate on
really optimizing quality and showing the
world what this state-of-the-art mill can do.
We don't have any further plans in terms of
adding capacity. The immediate future will
see a period of consolidation and fine-tuning
to get the best out of the investment."
LESSONS LEARNED?
Major, ambitious projects such as the one
embarked on at Värö are always challenging,
and as the saying goes, "every day is a school
day." What lessons, if any, have been learned
during this project? Hellberg concludes,
"Overall, our vision and plans for the project
have proved extremely accurate. That said, a
project of this magnitude always throws up
challenges you can neither foresee nor plan
for. The trick is to be flexible and adapt as the
situation dictates, and mill manager Jonas
Eriksson and his team certainly did just that.
"The planning for a project like Värö was
extremely complex and involved, coordinating thousands of people from different companies. You simply cannot control everything
every minute. And Sweden's weather adds a
degree of uncertainty all on its own," says
Hellberg. "A mill is like a living organism, one
minute feeling fine and the next it can suffer
a hiccup. Overall, we're extremely pleased
with the outcome."
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Paper360 - July/August 2017

Setpoint
Over the Wire
Euroports Extends Its Reach
Ensuring a Tight Load
Riding the Rails
Trailer Flooring Makes a Difference in Paper Roll Transport
Top 50 Power List
CEPI’s New Director General: ‘A Remarkable Industry'
Värö’s Expansion for the Future
Model Behavior: Understanding Virtual Process Integration
Mondi Štĕtí Chooses Direct Drive Technology
The Knowledge Trail
TAPPI Journal Summaries
How Does China’s Containerboard Market Compare to the US?
Industry Trends in Graphic Paper
Will China Ban Mixed Paper Imports?
TAPPI News
ASPI News
Index of Advertisers
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Setpoint
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Ensuring a Tight Load
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Trailer Flooring Makes a Difference in Paper Roll Transport
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - CEPI’s New Director General: ‘A Remarkable Industry'
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Värö’s Expansion for the Future
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Model Behavior: Understanding Virtual Process Integration
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Mondi Štĕtí Chooses Direct Drive Technology
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - TAPPI Journal Summaries
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - How Does China’s Containerboard Market Compare to the US?
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Industry Trends in Graphic Paper
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Paper360 - July/August 2017 - Will China Ban Mixed Paper Imports?
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