Aker awarded $25 million

Aker Kvaerner has signed a $25 million contract with Klabin for an upgrade of the Monte Alegre mill in Telêmaco Borba, Paraná, Brazil.

The order to Aker Kvaerner is part of the MA 1100 expansion project at the Monte Alegre mill and includes upgrades of the existing cooking, white liquor and evaporation plants.

When the entire expansion project is finalised the integrated mill will produce 1.1 million tonnes of paper and board per year, using planted eucalyptus and pine as raw material.

Kvaerner Pulping, part of the Aker Kvaerner group, will execute the retrofit of the cooking and white liquor plant, including a new lime kiln.

The capacity of the cooking plant will be increased by nearly 30 per cent, to 2,200 tonnes of pulp per day.

The modernisation of the white liquor plant, including a new DLM disc filter for lime mud, will improve the capacity from 4,200 to 6,200 m3 white liquor per day.

Kvaerner Power, part of the Aker Kvaerner group, will handle the retrofit of the evaporation plant, increasing capacity by 25 per cent to 700 tonnes of evaporated water per hour.

Aker Kvaerner will provide engineering, procurement and construction services under the new contract. Start-up is scheduled for September 2007.