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ANDRITZ uses remote support in successful start-up of TMP line at Volga Paper Mill, in Balakhna, Russia


International technology Group ANDRITZ has received the PAC (Provisional Acceptance Certificate) from Volga Pulp and Paper Mill in Balakhna, Nizhnij Novgorod Region, Russia, for rebuild of the existing groundwood reject line as a TMP (Thermo-Mechanical Pulping) line.

Due to the corona crisis, the complete start-up work was handled remotely in order to avoid any health and safety risks.

Sergey Pondar, CEO Volga Pulp and Paper Mill explains: “Due to the corona pandemic, the ANDRITZ team had to leave the mill site during the commissioning phase. We agreed mutually to proceed by using remote support to avoid any significant delays in start-up of the new TMP line. This decision was absolutely right. ANDRITZ’s remote start-up support worked extremely well, and the system performs excellently. With the continuous support of the ANDRITZ experts, it is on the best way to achieving full capacity soon.”

The new TMP line features a capacity of 180 bdmt/d and increases the Volga Paper Mill’s newspaper production accordingly. The line processes spruce as raw material to feed the existing paper machines.

During this project, ANDRITZ modernized the high-consistency (HC) and low-consistency (LC) refining sections as well as the screening plant and delivered several new components, such as a new chip washing and pre-treatment system, the HC refiner feeding system, and an ANDRITZ DiscFilter. In addition, ANDRITZ provided the complete automation and electrification equipment with DCS system. Engineering, training and advisory services for mechanical installation work were also part of the scope and were a solid basis for the successful start-up.

JSC Volga is one of the largest Russian newsprint producers and uses 100% TMP as furnish. The company is one of the top 200 exporting companies in Russia, also ranking among the top 50 companies in the Russian forestry industry and the top 100 companies in the Nizhnij Novgorod Region.

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International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. The global product and service portfolio is rounded off with plants for power generation, recycling, the production of nonwovens and panelboard, as well as automation and digital solutions offered under the brand name of Metris. The publicly listed group today has around 28,400 employees and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries.

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides equipment, systems, complete plants and services for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue. The technologies and services focus on maximum utilization of raw materials, increased production efficiency and sustainability as well as lower overall operating costs. Boilers for power production, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

ANDRITZ plug screw feeder used in the new high-consistency refiner feeding system.

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