Contract awarded to expand world’s largest dissolving pulp mill

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In Scotland, Wood has been awarded an engineering, procurement and construction management contract by Sappi Limited, a global producer of dissolving wood pulp, specialties and packaging papers, printing and writing papers and biomaterials, to improve the environmental footprint of the Saiccor Mill in South Africa and expand its capacity. The project is an equal effort joint venture between Wood and international engineering and design company, ÅF. The project is expected to be completed by Q3 – 2020.

Saiccor Mill is situated south of the port of Durban and is the single largest producer of dissolving wood pulp, used in particular for viscose staple fibres in clothing and textiles. The project will be executed by an international ÅF-Wood team with engineers and designers from South Africa, Sweden, Finland and Brazil.

Upon completion of the expansion, the production capacity will be 890,000 tons per annum of sulphite chemical cellulose as bleached alpha 92 pulp, used for production of viscose staple, filament and lyocell fibres.