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Arauco to convert BSK/BHK Valdivia mill to dissolving pulp; start up expected for 1Q 2017

SAO PAULO , July 11, 2014 (RISI) - 

Chilean group Arauco has plans to convert its Valdivia 550,000 tonnes/yr bleached and hardwood kraft pulp mill to dissolving pulp (DP) by 2017. The project is estimated to cost $180 million and would allow the company to produce both paper grade and dissolving pulp at the same mill, according to market conditions, said the company's Marketing & Sales director, Ricardo Strauszer.

The first step for the change was taken this week, when Arauco filled with Chile's environmental authorities the request for industrial modifications. "We expect that the permission will be granted by the end of the year and then we can move on with the equipment purchase, so the conversion is expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2017," the executive stated.

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