Akzo Nobel’s Pulp and Paper Chemicals business, Eka Chemicals, is building a new chlorine dioxide generation plant in Brazil.
The USD 5 million investment will ensure the supply of chlorine dioxide to the bleaching plant at the Bahia Sul Celulose pulp mill in Mucuri. Construction work started in June and the new plant is scheduled to go on stream during the fourth quarter of 2004.
Eka Chemicals has been a supplier of intermediate sodium chlorate to the Suzano Bahia Sul pulp and paper group for some time. The company will now extend supply to the pulp mill in Mucuri (which produces 600,000 tons of bleached eucalyptus pulp per year) by establishing a process unit for the generation of 20 tons of chlorine dioxide per day.
“Eka Chemicals is a chemical supplier with deep knowledge of pulp bleaching and as a world class producer of eucalyptus pulp and printing and writing papers, we are glad to establish this long-term partnership,” said Murílo C. Passos, CEO of Bahia Sul.
Added Val Suchek, president of Eka Chemicals in Brazil: “This investment is another step in the Eka Chemicals program to provide a better bleaching chemicals supply service to pulp mills in South America.”
Based in Sweden, Eka Chemicals already operates two similar chlorine dioxide generation plants at millsin Brazil, where it has sites in Jundiaí and Rio de Janeiro.
(Released: July 11, 2003)