March 6, 2017

Finnish pair in agreement in South Africa and Laos

The Sappi Ngodwana pulp mill in South Africa where Valmet will supply a new evaporation line.
The Sappi Ngodwana pulp mill in South Africa where Valmet will supply a new evaporation line.
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Valmet has agreed to supply an evaporation line to the Sappi Southern Africa Limited’s pulp mill in Ngodwana, South Africa, while Pöyry has been awarded with the owner’s engineering service assignment for the Nam Theun 1 hydropower project in Laos.

Valmet is to supply the new evaporation line 3 at the Sappi pulp mill in South Africa, which will replace evaporation line 1 in order to meet the future needs of the mill’s expanding pulp production capacity, together with the existing Valmet-upgraded evaporation line 2.

“Recent upgrades to the mill’s product line and production expansions provided an opportunity to replace the original evaporator plant with a modern state of the art plant,” explains SW Engelbrecht, general manager at Sappi Ngodwana Mill. “Various companies submitted proposals for the expansion project and Valmet was successful in their submission for various reasons, including offering the best technical solution.”

Pöyry, meanwhile, has been awarded the owner’s engineering service agreement in Laos for the Nam Theun hydro project, as well as the environmental and social mitigation measures of the project until its completion.

The plant is planned to be operational by 2022 and is part of Laotian efforts to become the ‘battery of South East Asia’ in order to aid economic growth and lift its people out of poverty.

“Delivering clean, renewable energy projects like this can aid economic growth and social progress and help alleviate poverty in developing countries,” says Richard Pinnock, president of Pöyry’s Energy Business Group.

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