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Suez Environnement awarded Euro 30 million contract for water treatment facilities at Klabin’s Puma pulp mill

By Thu, Jul 17, 2014
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PARIS, July 16, 2014 (Press Release) -Degremont, a subsidiary of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, was awarded a 30 million euros contract for the engineering, procurement and construction of water treatment facilities for Klabin (1), one of the main players in the Pulp and Paper industry in Brazil.

Klabin is building a 2 billion euros Greenfield Kraft pulp mill in Ortigueira (Paraná State), south of Brazil, known as Puma Project. The start of the new plant's production is forecast for the first quarter of 2016. With the new plant, Klabin's production capacity will double until 2016. The mill will have an annual production capacity of 1.5 million tons, of which 1.1 million tons in short fiber and 400 thousand tons in long fiber, part of which is to be converted into fluff pulp (2).

The main challenges for the Pulp & Paper industry rely in guaranteeing the water needs to ensure the continuity of production and adapting operations accordingly to market fluctuation while still ensuring reliability and high-level quality services for water treatment.

In order to meet the high quality and quantity water needs, Degremont will provide a process water plant, equipped with the Densadeg technology followed by Aquazur filters, and a boiler feed water plant, equipped with Ion Exchange Process.

Degremont's proven expertise in water treatment for the Pulp & Paper industry, its experience in dealing with turn-key projects under tight schedule offering the optimum technologies and its ability to propose a very competitive commercial offer were determining factors in winning this new contract.

With an hourly capacity of 5,900 m3 for the process water plant and 600 m3 for the boiler feed, the new facilities are planned to start up operations in October 2015.

Marie-Ange Debon, Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of International activities for SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT, says: "With this new success, the Group strengthens its position in the industrial water market, one of SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT four strategic priorities for growth. The Pulp & Paper industry offers substantial opportunities for development and our goal is to keep expanding our activities in Brazil by offering value added services to the industrial market."

Recognized expertise in the pulp and paper industry in Latin-America With more than 20 references for the Pulp and Paper industry in Latin America, Degremont can boast itself as a leader in this sector. The last major reference is the engineering and procurement contract for the water treatment facilities (production of process water and demineralized water) at the Montes del Plata paper mill. In Uruguay, the Montes del Plata project is the largest private investment that the country has ever seen.

1) Created in 1899, Klabin is the biggest producer and exporter of packaging paper in Brazil. Considered as the largest integrated Pulp and Paper company in the Country, it exports to over 70 countries.

2) Fluff pulp is a wood pulp similar to that used for the manufacture of kraft paper. It is used in the manufacture of hygiene products (tissue paper, etc.) due to its absorbent properties.

DEGREMONT

A subsidiary of the SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT group, Degremont has been the world water treatment specialist for more than 70 years. Operating in more than 70 countries with over 5,000 employees, Degremont generated revenues of €1,110 million in 2013.

SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT

Natural resources are not infinite. Each day, SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT (Paris: SEV, Brussels: SEVB) and its subsidiaries deal with the challenge of protecting resources by providing innovative solutions to industry and to millions of people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT supplies drinking water to 92 million people, provides wastewater treatment services for 65 million people and collects the waste produced by 52 million people. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT has 79,550 employees and, with its presence on five continents, is a world leader exclusively dedicated to water and waste management services. SUEZ ENVIRONNEMENT generated total revenues of EUR 14.6 billion in 2013.

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