Toscotec to rebuild PM2 at L.C.Paper 1881 SA in Besalu-Spain
Nov 2013 – Toscotec with its associate Milltech have been awarded a contract to deliver a major dry-end rebuild of the L.C.Paper 1881 SA PM 2 in Besalu , Catalunya- Spain. The start-up of the rebuilt machine is scheduled for the second quarter of 2014.
LC Paper was formed in 1881 on the back of the Industrial Revolution and is now well regarded for its production of niche tissue products contained with two tissue machines (PM2 and PM3) annually producing 45,000 tonnes of tissue for the AfH market.
The main recognized company product is OnePly® tissue paper that is produced on PM3 from virgin pulp while on PM2 actually every kind of paper is made from 100% recycled paper. This range of products includes Table 72, 37 g/m2 and Exterkraft 50 g/m2. The products are certified by the ISO 14001 European policy and the Ecolabel tag, both of them ensuring an extraordinary attention to the environment. Apart of this LC Paper is also well recognized in the European tissue market for its attention into the energy reduction problems and on its leadership of cogeneration application .
In 1993, the Company introduced a cogeneration plant. It was the first plant with a diesel engine of 6.5 MW in Spain that was expanded in 1999 with a second 6 MW engine.
In 2009 LC Paper launched PM3 with a patented process that takes gases from the cogeneration plant to dry the paper by the means of an innovative hood provided already by Milltech. In 2011 the first diesel engine was sold and in 2012 LC paper installed a new gas engine. 6 MW of this energy will be used for feeding the new hood by Milltech on PM2 with a further decrease of energy consumption.
Toscotec 's delivery includes a major rebuild of the PM2 dry end and press section, which will be replaced with a TT DOES (Drying Optimization for Energy Saving) package. This will features a double presses solution with a rebuild of the felt run, a new TT SYD-15FT with doctoring system and a Duo-system Yankee hood, SMART eMT type from Milltech. The wet end hood is burner feeding type, the dry end hood could be fed either by cogeneration gases or conventional burner (normally with COG on is switched off). Exhaust gases are used to generate two stages of steam (high and low pressure) through steam generators in addition to the heat recovery to pre-heat the make up and combustion air. Maximum drying production with a machine trim width at reel of 3050 mm will be 130 tpd
If the PM3 consumption has dropped from 2850 kWh/t to 2,100 kWh/t, with this new intervention the PM2 consumption will be lower than 1,350 kWh/t.
According to the LC Paper CEO Joan Vila, this investment will allow to increase the competitiveness of the Company. ”After a detailed analysis of our project we decided to choose once more Milltech and Toscotec for the innovative solution they were able to introduce, that is aligned with LC Paper business philosophy as well as for the previous positive experience we have done on PM3”, he said.
For this last project L.C.Paper 1881 SA and Milltech were awarded on Pulp and Paper International Awards 2011 for Efficiency Improvements of the Year. The award was a recognition of the energy saving effort developed in the tissue machine.