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Inauguration of AS Estonian Cell pulp mill

8. September 2006

Austrian Heinzel Group a co-owner of AS Estonian Cell pulp mill

Friday, September 8, 2006 the inauguration ceremony of AS Estonian Cell pulp mill took place.
The greenfield aspen BCTMP mill in Kunda with an investment of 153 MEUR started the test production in March. Since then the machinery has been finetuned and the tests necessary for the takeover have been successfully finished. The construction period was approximately two years. 

The production line consists the following steps: chipping line, BCTMP line, drying line, baling line. Up to now the mill has produced about 25 thousand tons of BCTMP, the yearly capacity is 140 thousand tons. BCTMP is the raw material of several paper qualities – printing/writing, tissue, board. As Estonia does not have own markets for pulp, the total production will be exported. Main markets are in West Europe. The first months production has been sold mainly to China, also to France, Germany and other European countries. 

AS Estonian Cell employes 83 people, one third are from Kunda. The mill applies to the most modern technology with a high automization and fulfills stringest environmental requirements. The production process is environmentally friendly – it does not require any aggressive chemicals and the biological water treatment reaches the waste reduction factor of over 90%. The raw material of BCTMP is aspen pulpwood, the yearly consumption is 380 thousand cubic meter. The mill has a very high energy consumption, 240 GWh yearly which is 2,5-5% of the total Estonian energy consumption. 

The mill has three owners – Austrian Heinzel Group, Larvik Cell from Norway and European Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Source: Homepage of Estonian Cell AS
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