Metso has signed a comprehensive framework agreement with Metsä Fibre to supply valve solutions for the next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland. Metso’s valve solutions will be used in all of the mill’s process phases. The delivery includes more than one thousand valves and peripheral devices.
Metso will supply the plant with Neles® ball valves, segment and butterfly valves for on-off and control applications and Neldisc® butterfly valves for manual on-off duty. The control valves are equipped with Neles® ND9000 series intelligent valve controllers, which have the capability for advanced performance follow-up and also enable predictive maintenance planning activities.
Metsä Fibre’s, which belongs to Metsä Group, new bioproduct mill is the largest investment in Finnish forest industry history, with total value of EUR 1.2B. Pulp production at the Äänekoski mill in central Finland will increase to 1.3M tons from the current approx. 0.5M tons per year. In addition to high-quality pulp, it will also produce a broad range of other bioproducts, such as tall oil, turpentine, lignin products, bioelectricity and wood fuel.