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Century Pulp and Paper to add new evaporation line at Lalkuan pulp mill

26 Mar. 2020


Century Pulp and Paper (CPP) will be adding a new evaporation line for its pulp mill in Lalkuan, Uttarakhand, to meet the future needs of the mill’s ongoing pulp production capacity expansion. The evaporation line will be supplied by Valmet, a global developer of process technologies, automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries.

Century Pulp and Paper's pulp mill in Lalkuan, Uttarakhand

The value of the order is estimated to be around EUR 10 million, roughly Rs 82 crores. The new evaporation line is planned to start up during the latter part of 2020.

PK Mittal, head of process, CPP, said, “In an Integrated pulp and paper mill, the recovery line is a vital part in securing the mill’s operations. In view of this, we decided to go with the latest and most advanced evaporation technology. We evaluated different alternatives and decided to choose Valmet. Our new plant should be commissioned by December 2020.”

Commenting on the latest investment, JP Narain, CEO at CPP said, “Century has always been in the forefront of implementing efficient technologies across the entire value chain and the Valmet evaporator is another step in this direction.”

According to Valmet, this is its first evaporation plant installation in India. “We were able to offer clear technical advantages through our customised and detailed design done by our technical team, and the solution was appreciated by CPP,” said Varun Jain, director, India region, Valmet.

Jain further said that the project execution has begun and CPP and Valmet’s teams are working together for successful execution of the project. “We are looking forward to creating a good reference with leading technology in India,” he added.

Valmet would be delivering a new seven-effect evaporation plant with a design capacity of 275 tonnes of evaporated water per hour, producing heavy liquor of 75% dry solids. The plant is designed to handle black liquor based on 60% bagasse and 40% wood. The delivery covers main evaporator effects, a surface condenser, an integrated foul condensate treatment plant, flash tanks, main supporting structures, and a vacuum system.

The new evaporation line is based on proven tube evaporator design and will feature Valmet’s patented vapour recycling technology. The new evaporator line includes a stripper to treat foul condensate and internal condensate treatment (ICT) for producing more clean-quality condensate for recycling in the mill.

CPP is a division of Century Textile and Industries. The company’s manufacturing unit, located in Lalkuan, Uttarakhand, manufactures a wide range of paper products including writing and printing paper, tissue paper, and paper board. The premises also house a manufacturing facility for producing raw material for viscose filament yarn, staple fibre, and paper grade pulp. Over the years, the company has augmented its capacities by commissioning a prime-grade tissue paper plant along with three sheet-cutting units across the northern and eastern part of India.