Sulzer partners with Andritz on Veolia biomethanol plant

Sulzer’s separation technology and flow equipment will support biomethanol production at a new Veolia plant in Äänekoski, Finland.

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The Sulzer Chemtech separation technology will be integrated with Andritz’s Kraftanol biomethanol purification concept. Veolia will utilize the purification solution to convert raw pulp mill waste into commercial grade biomethanol suitable for a range of industries such as the transportation and chemical sectors.

Veolia is adopting Andritz's cutting-edge technology, which was developed as part of the CircleToZero initiative. Andritz uses Sulzer's ECR separation technology to transform pulp mill waste into high-quality, profitable biomethanol. Veolia will utilize a variety of process pumps from Sulzer to ensure the smooth and reliable operation of its plant.

The new Veolia biomethanol purification plant – the world’s largest of its kind – will produce 12,000 tons of biomethanol per year for use in downstream chemical manufacturing or biofuel. The operation will be integrated into a local pulp mill to support circular production practices while generating additional value streams for Veolia.