Brazil: Eucalyptus Pulp Production Akzo Nobel Supports Major Project of Brazilian Company Fibria
Akzo Nobel's Specialty Chemicals business has completed the expansion of a Chemical Island in Brazil to support a major project of Brazilian forestry company Fibria.
Amsterdam/The Netherlands — The producer of eucalyptus pulp from planted forests has invested $ 2.2 billion to more than double pulp capacity at its mill in Três Lagoas to 3.25 million tons per year.
The expansion of the Chemical Island (a concept developed by Akzo Nobel) includes the installation of a second chlorine dioxide plant, as well as increased space for storage and logistics. The Chemical Island concept provides pulp mill customers with a sustainable and cost-effective solution for the production and supply of bleaching chemicals as well as services for other chemical processes.
The chemicals company has supplied the partner with five of their six chlorine dioxide units, including the two at Três Lagoas.
"The close proximity to our customer provides important sustainability benefits by reducing transportation, and we also reduce our carbon footprint by operating the Chemical Island with 100 % bio-energy from biomass that derives from the pulp mill," explains Antonio Carlos Francisco, General Manager of Bleaching Chemicals South America for Akzo Nobel's Pulp and Performance Chemicals business.
The production line in Três Lagoas is now the largest single pulp line in the world. The new Chemical Island is also the largest of the four being operated by Akzo Nobel to serve the Brazilian pulp industry.