Tissue World Magazine
Alexandra Stuthridge, Technical Business Manager, BioProducts Institute (BPI)

SCA has signed an order with Andritz to supply production technologies and equipment for the extension of its Östrand pulp mill in Timrå.

Start-up is scheduled for the second quarter of 2018 and the order is expected to enter into force in the next few weeks.

Scope of supply includes: wood yard equipment designed for cold climates with debarking drums and HHQ chippers; a pulp dryer that the supplier said will “substantially reduce the mill’s operating costs”; a twin wire dewatering system, sheet dryer, cutter, and two balling lines; a major upgrade of the white liquor plant and a capacity increase of the existing lime kiln as well as an extension of the recovery boiler.

The mill expansion is one of the largest industrial investments in Sweden and the largest ever in northern Sweden.

SCA Östrand will double its annual production capacity from 430,000 to 900,000 tonnes and become the largest mill in the world for softwood kraft pulp.

About half of the production volume will be used for SCA’s own manufacturing of publication papers and hygiene products, while the remainder will be sold to external tissue producers to meet the growing demand for softwood kraft pulp.