SAO PAULO , Oct. 11, 2012 (RISI) -
Brazil's Eldorado is in the final phase of equipment tests for its 1.5 millon tonnes/yr bleached eucalyptus kraft (BEK) pulp mill at Três Lagoas city, Mato Grosso do Sul state. Last week, the company began the steam blowing process to clean the recovery boiler and cooking is scheduled for the first week of November. "We will produce the first pulp batch by November 15 and next week we will test the drying section with pulp acquired from the market," said the company's CEO, José Carlos Grubisich.
According to the recovery boiler supplier, Metso, the 90 meters (295.2 feet) high equipment is already functioning with oil fuel and has been through chemical washing. It has capacity for 6,800 tonnes/day of dry solids and an evaporation line with six effects, but with the same efficiency of a 7-effect equipment. "This enables Eldorado's mill to have a 12-14% higher efficiency in the evaporation line compared to a regular plant," said Metso's sales engineer for the power business line, Felippe Peçanha da Rosa.
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