CMPC has teamed up with Valmet to announce BioCMPC, an expansion project it said will increase its production capacity as well as improve the site’s environmental performance.

Valmet will deliver technology for the modernising project with a target to boost production of the plant’s line 2 from 1.5 million air dry tonnes per year to 1.85 million air dry tonnes per year.

The scope of supply includes the rebuild of the pulp drying, fibreline, evaporation and white liquor plant, a new recovery boiler, new ash treatment and an extended distributed control system including advanced industrial internet features.

The project is expected to start operation in the fourth quarter of 2023.

BioCMPC also aims to improve the plant’s environmental performance with increased production of renewable electricity and minimised water usage in pulp production process.

CMPC Pulp operates four production lines in Chile and two in Brazil, with a total annual production capacity of 4.1 million metric tonnes.