Ilim Group continues to implement the project for Construction of a new Pulp and Paperboard Mill in Ust-Ilimsk in accordance with the project schedule
Installation of main buildings and facilities is currently in progress at the construction site. All main process equipment has been purchased, its delivery to the construction site is under way. More than 100 vehicles carrying equipment units for the future production line arrived at the mill construction site.
Delivery of the first lots of equipment and parts for the Cooking and Washing Area, Vacuum Evaporation Plant and Woodroom took place in July, 2020. A total of more than 3,400 vehicles loaded with equipment will arrive to Ust-Ilimsk with more than 1,250 vehicles loaded with the KLB machine equipment. The first containers with the KLB machine equipment are expected to be delivered in October, 2020.
In order to ensure continuous implementation of the project, Ilim has invested in the construction of a new concrete plant and crushing and screening complex that provide the future PPM construction site with concrete.
The PPM construction project team is fully staffed, recruitment and training of PPM operators is in process. Ilim works closely with the regional authorities to jointly develop the city's social infrastructure.
As a reminder, Ilim Group signed a contract with Voith, German machine building company, to supply a XcelLIne paper machine in spring 2019. With an annual output of 600 thousand tons, this custom designed KLB machine will be the largest in the world in terms of kraftliner (virgin board) production capacity. At the engineering stage a special focus was placed on high-tech KLB machine equipment. The equipment will be delivered to Ust-Ilimsk as pre-assembled Mill Installation Units. The heaviest element of the KLB machine, Nipco-P center rider roll, will weigh 79 tons.
In addition to high-tech equipment and process automation, the new production line will be manufactured in line with global environmental standards and best available technologies. Ilim’s new recovery boiler supplied by ANDRITZ fully complies with highest environmental standards by minimizing the environmental impact through high boiler efficiency and availability as well, as a modern combustion air system. Moreover, this RB will be equipped to handle all non-condensable odorous gases generated in the new pulp line in any foreseen operating situation. This will ensure safe and odorless pulp production.
The Construction of a new Pulp and Paperboard Mill in Ust-Ilimsk has successfully gone though all necessary expert reviews, including a state environmental expert review.
The Construction of a New of a Pulp and Paperboard Mill project with a CAPEX of USD 1.2 billion was launched in 2018 and will be completed in 2022. The project involves construction and launch of a Woodyard, Evaporation Plant, Caustic Plant; Lime Kiln, KLB machine, launch of SW and HW kraft pulp lines, installation of a Recovery Boiler and Bark Boilers, and construction of a Warehouse.
Implementation of this project will allow Ilim Group to increase production output of board and other packaging materials by another 600 thousand tons. Delivery of this project will help Ilim reinforce its presence in the packaging segment, primarily in the growing Asian markets. Upon completion of the investment project in Ust-Ilimsk, Ilim Group will become one of the largest manufacturers of unbleached packaging materials globally with a total board output of 1.5 million tons per year, bringing its aggregate production output to over 4.4 million tons per year.