Metso to rebuild Hinton Pulp's pulp machine

Pulp & Paper Canada
December 13, 2010
By Pulp & Paper Canada

Metso will supply Hinton Pulp with a rebuild of its PM 2 market pulp machine in Hinton, Alta,, to increase the machine's capacity and allow the mill to produce more green power. The rebuild will be deliverd and installed late next year. It is valued at more than EUR 10 million (about $13.5 million in Canadian funds).

Metso's delivery will include a new SymFormer MB top wire former, press section modifications, air borne dryer rebuild, dry end pulper rebuild, and a new DryWay high-capacity cutter layboy.

The rebuild will significantly increase the pulp machine's capacity. The rebuilt 160-in. (4064-mm) wide machine will produce 750 g/m2 market pulp at speeds of more than 220 m/min. Brian Grantham, general manager, Hinton Pulp, says the upgrade will allow the mill "to produce more green power, reduce its natural gas consumption, and lower its carbon footprint."

Hinton Pulp is a division of West Fraser Timber Co. Ltd. West Fraser announced earlier this month that the pulp machine upgrade and a boiler upgrade would be funded with credits from the Canadian government's Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program.

As a result of this project and other initiatives, pulp production is expected to increase to 420,000 tonnes, returning the mill to levels achieved when it ran two production lines.

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