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Metso to deliver valve solutions to Finnish bioproduct mill

Metso, a Finnish valve solutions provider for pulp and paper industries, has signed a comprehensive framework agreement with Metsä Fibre to supply valve solutions for the world`s first next-generation bioproduct mill.

Metso`s valve solutions will be used in all process phases of the mill, located in Äänekoski, Finland.

The delivery includes more than one thousand valves and peripheral devices and is one of Metso`s largest valve orders in Finland.

Metso also takes care of the spare part services for the mill.

Mika Sjöholm, VP of pulp and paper business line at Metso, says the company is pleased to have been trusted with the project.

‘The design of the bioproduct mill puts special emphasis on minimised emissions, low specific water consumption, and high energy and material efficiency, among other things. The availability and efficiency of the production processes can be maximised by utilising optimally selected, reliable valve solutions,’ Sjöholm says.

Metso will supply the plant with Neles ball valves, segment and butterfly valves for on-off and control applications, and Neldisc butterfly valves for manual on-off duty.

The control valves are equipped with Neles ND9000 series intelligent valve controllers, which have the capability for advanced performance follow-up and also enable predictive maintenance planning activities.

Metso`s aim is to also ensure the correct timing of future maintenance needs of the mill`s valve installations by utilising digital valve controller properties and product information management.

Furthermore, to ensure best possible valve utilisation rate, Metso offers spare part inventory and maintenance services for the new mill.

The service agreement is appended to the existing service agreement between Metsä Fibre and Metso.  

The value of the framework agreement is not disclosed.