In February 2014, Södra's Board of Directors decided to invest SEK 4 billion ($474 million) in a significant expansion of Södra Cell Värö. Once complete, the expansion will bring about an increase of 425,000 tonnes to 700,000 tonnes of pulp annually, as the company says in the press release received by Lesprom Network.
The project's implementation was successful in 2015. The plant has surpassed its production plan, in parallel as the new equipment has been installed.
The new barking drum was lifted into place at the chip plant in early December and the conveyor bridges that will transport the chips from the chip storage facility to the continuous digester are now being installed. Pipe bridges with processing tubes will be assembled between the various sections of the plant in the industrial area.
The project will enter a final intensive phase in mid-January. In May, the entire plant will be shut down while the new machinery is connected so that production can recommence in mid-June.
While the expansion project is under way, the plant continues to produce high-quality paper pulp and, at the time of writing just before Christmas, is more than 11,000 tonnes ahead of its production plan for 2015.