Mondi announced the completion of its EUR 545 million STEP project at the company’s Syktyvkar mill in Russia. According to Mondi, the project, which began on July 1, 2008, is the largest mill modernization project in the Russian pulp and paper industry.
Mondi said that the investment has enabled the mill to increase its product quality and output for containerboard, uncoated woodfree and newsprint paper. The wood yard has the capacity to debark and chip four million cubic meters of soft and hardwood logs annually, an increase of 25% with a projected fiber production of 900,000 tonnes.
Production of board, paper and market pulp is expected to increase by more than 20% to over a million tonnes per year, Mondi said. The upgrades also include: the installation of a new lime kiln with daily burnt lime production of up to 700 tonnes, a new recovery boiler that burns 3,560 tonnes of dry solids per day and a 100 MW turbo generator. New evaporation plant with the capacity of 550 tonnes of water per hour and two new cooling towers are installed. PM 14 (office paper production) and PM 21 (board production) are being rebuilt.