Bracell Awards Star Expansion Project

Production Plant in Lençóis Paulista, Brazil

Pulp specialist Bracell has awarded a contract to engineering firm Pöyry for the "major expansion" of a production plant in Brazil.
The engineering, procurement, construction, management contract will cover the development of the Star Project in Lençóis Paulista, in the state of São Paulo, and is expected to be completed by the end of 2021.
“Pöyry has been involved with the Star Project since the beginning and was responsible for conceptual study, environmental licensing support, basic engineering, and detail engineering for the site infrastructure and access road duplication,” a spokesperson for Pöyry said.

Up to 1.5 Mtpa

The proposed expansion project will see the construction of a new mill and an increase in capacity from the current 250,000 tons up to 1.5 million tons per year.
“The new mill will be a flexible line, designed primarily to produce dissolving pulp to supply internal integrated demand,” Pöyry noted.

Headquartered in Vantaa, Finland, Pöyry provides consulting and engineering services worldwide, with a focus on the energy and industrial sectors.

Fast Growing Operations

The Bracell mill expansion is estimated to employ up to 7,500 workers during peak deployment and follows a rebrand earlier this year that created Bahia Specialty Cellulose in Camacari, Bahia, and Lwarcel Celulose in Lençóis Paulista, São Paulo.

“Our acquisition of Lwarcel Celulose in August 2018 now provides us with a platform to become one of the most dynamic and fastest growing dissolving pulp and cellulose operations not only in Brazil, but in the world,” said Per Lindblom, executive vice president, Bracell Group.

The expansion work will involve extensive new infrastructure to connect all process areas, turbo generators, steam distribution systems, water cooling centre and other complementary systems.

Bracell is a subsidiary of Singapore-based industrial group Raja Garuda Emas.