Valmet, a global developer, and supplier of process technologies, automation, and services for the pulp, paper, and energy industries, has been selected to rebuild the cooking, fiberline, and evaporation plant of Andhra Paper’s Rajahmundry unit in India. The delivery is scheduled to take place in December 2023, and the start-up is planned for the first quarter 2024.
The order is included in Valmet’s order received for the fourth quarter of 2022. The value of the order will not be disclosed.
“With this investment, we will be able to improve our cost competitiveness and profitability as well as increase production at our Rajahmundry mill. In line with Andhra Paper’s commitment to sustainable development, the processes will be based on the best available technology and the use of state-of-the-art equipment, such as Valmet TwinRoll press and Valmet Tube Evaporator effect with vent condenser,” says Nageswara Gadde, vice-president, Project, of Andhra Paper Limited.
“Valmet’s excellent references and a continuous drive for technical development convinced Andhra Paper that the solution proposed will help them meet their goals. The aim is to increase the pulp production while reducing the chemical and water consumption and the effluents,” says Varun Jain, director, India region, Valmet.
Valmet’s delivery includes the equipment and process rebuild for cooking, screening, oxygen stage, a new DHT bleaching stage, including TwinRoll wash press and services.
For the evaporation plant rebuild, Valmet will replace the competitor’s existing line with cutting-edge evaporation technology to enable high performance for evaporation and condensate treatment.
Andhra Paper was established in 1964 and is today one of the largest integrated paper and pulp manufacturers in India. Andhra Paper produces writing, printing, and copier papers for overseas and domestic markets. Production facilities at Rajahmundry and Kadiyam have a total production capacity of 240,000 TPA.