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KPA Unicon to deliver biomass-fired steam boiler plant to Cartulinas CMPC carton board mill in Valdivia, Chile

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Cartulinas CMPC S.A. and KPA Unicon Oy have signed a contract for the delivery of Unicon Biograte 30 t/h steam boiler plant to Cartulinas Valdivia Mill in Valdivia, Chile. In addition to wood chips, bark and sawdust, the plant operates on bio sludge and it produces steam for the mills carton board production process. The plant will be started up for operation in December 2018.

2017 03 30 090436The contract covers all process equipment, buildings, installation supervision, commissioning and training of operating personnel. The heart of the plant is Unicon Biograte combustion technology, which is specifically designed to utilize challenging biofuels for energy production with high efficiency and low emissions.

The plant is also equipped with KPA Unicon’s PlantSys system for local and remote control. PlantSys collects data from the process equipment and makes operation of the plant easy and reliable. It also visualizes the data in easily understandable format. PlantSys also enables a secure remote access to the plant to optimize the parameters and predict the future service and maintenance needs.

KPA Unicon will also take care of the maintenance of the plant as the parties have agreed on a 5 years maintenance contract. In addition to spare parts and local maintenance activities, the contract includes remote support service from KPA Unicon control room.

“After a comprehensive project survey Cartulinas CMPC decided, that KPA Unicon is the right choice to supply the boiler plant. The most important technological factors are efficiency and low emissions. The plant can use various kinds of biomass even with high moisture contents. Our expectation is to achieve a plant with the best standards of the market, complemented with an efficient layout and a modern building. In summary, this must be a project of excellence. Therefore, I look forward to cooperating with KPA Unicon and getting the boiler plant started up in December 2018," says Jorge Aldana, Industrial Development and Projects Director of CMPC.

"This contract opens the Latin American market for us. We are extremely proud to take this important step together with a world class company such as CMPC. We are confident that this boiler plant will fulfill all the client’s requirements and exceeds them. This project is a good example of how challenging biofuel can be used to achieve high efficiency and low emission levels. These values are very important for CMPC and also work as guidelines for us during the project execution", says Pentti Savolainen, Project Development Director, KPA Unicon.

Cart ulinas CM P C S.A . is an affiliate of Empresas CMPC S.A. It manufactures and markets folding boxboard. Cartulinas CMPC’s longstanding experience in this line and its state-of-the-art technology together with the raw materials employed enables to deliver top quality products, competing with the most prestigious global suppliers.

Cartulinas CMPC S.A. operates two mills, one located close to the city of Valdivia in Southern Chile, and a second one located in the Maule region, with an annual aggregate production capacity of 450,000 tons. Valdivia mill, built in 1951, pioneered in Latin America the carton board manufacturing for cases and displays. Its current annual output amounts to 70.000 tons thanks to the full renovation of its paper machine. Currently Cartulinas CMPC S.A. supplies the national market, and ships nearly 85% of its production to customers in more than 45 countries in the 5 continents.

K P A Unicon provides responsible energy solutions for efficient energy production. The company specializes in boiler and power plant projects. The solutions utilize biomass fuels as well as fossil fuels sustainably. KPA Unicon also provides operation and maintenance services, and offers support during the whole life cycle of plants. KPA Unicon’s headquarters are located in Pieksämäki, Finland. The company employs 250 energy industry professionals.

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