Andritz has received an order from Russian newsprint producer JSC Volga to rebuild the existing groundwood reject line in Balakhna into a TMP (thermo-mechanical pulping) line.

The new 180 bdmt/d TMP line will process spruce as raw material to feed existing paper machines. In order to increase the capacity of newspaper production significantly, Andritz will rearrange the existing parallel layout of high-consistency (HC) refiners to a two-stage HC refining set-up and install a new chip washing and HC refiner feeding system with a new plug screw feeder and an Andritz DiscFilter.

Andritz will also upgrade the existing screening and low-consistency refining system including the complete automation and electrification equipment with DCS system. Engineering, training, advisory services for mechanical installation work, commissioning, and start-up are also part of the scope.

Start-up is scheduled for the third quarter of 2019.