Mpact Operations Proprietary Limited (Mpact) is set to upgrade its pulping line at its Mkhondo Paper Mill in Mpumalanga, South Africa, after giving order to ANDRITZ for improvements to the paper machine and upgrades to the pulping section which will increase the wood pulping capacity by approximately 55,000 tons per annum to 110,000 tons.
Jun 29, 2023
Mpact Operations Proprietary Limited (Mpact) has given an order to ANDRITZ for upgradation of a pulping line at its Mkhondo Paper Mill in Mpumalanga, South Africa. The upgrade will boost the line’s capacity and improve the strength properties of the product. The project includes improvements to the paper machine and upgrades to the pulping section which will increase the wood pulping capacity by approximately 55,000 tons per annum to 110,000 tons. ANDRITZ will upgrade the entire neutral sulphite semi-chemical pulping (NSSC) line, which processes eucalyptus and pine to provide fluting and linerboard for the production of containerboard. The comprehensive ANDRITZ solution comprises key equipment for the wood processing, cooking, washing and refining sections to increase the line’s capacity from 225 bdmt/d to 365 bdmt/d and at the same time enhance product quality.
The upgrade to the pulping line is part of the bigger mill upgrade project where Mpact announced in December 2022 the approval of a EUR 60 million capital investment project at its Mkhondo Paper Mill. It forms part of Mpact’s portfolio optimization and strategically positions the mill to meet the increasing demand for quality, sustainable, fresh produce packaging solutions driven by robust growth in the South African export fruit sector. Start-up of the upgraded line is scheduled for the first half of 2025.
ANDRITZ will also provide the supervision over the erection, commissioning, and start-up as well as the training of the operating personnel.