Brazilian forestry company and the leading eucalyptus pulp producer Fibria informed that it is moving forward the expected date for the completion and startup of the Horizonte 2 Project to build a second pulp production line at its unit in Três Lagoas, Mato Grosso do Sul. Previously scheduled for the fourth quarter of 2017, the mill is now slated to start operations in the third quarter of the year, in September 2017. According to the announcement, construction on the expansion project is currently 87% complete, while its financial progress stands at 59%.
In February 2017, construction began on the intermodal terminal in Aparecida do Taboado, Mato Grosso do Sul, which will distribute the pulp produced by the new mill in Três Lagoas to the Macuco Terminal at the Port of Santos in São Paulo, which also is already under construction.
The forestry base to supply Fibria’s new production line is already assured and located near the mill in Três Lagoas, with a maximum supply radius of 100 kilometers, in line with the planning. Of the 187,000 hectares of planted forests required to supply the new unit, 135,000 hectares already have been planted with eucalyptus and another 52,000 hectares will be planted in 2017 and 2018.
Fibria estimates that, from September to 2017 year-end, the new mill in Três Lagoas will produce 377kt of pulp. Production will ramp up gradually to reach the mill’s full capacity of 1.95 Mtpa in 2020.
Marcelo Castelli, Fibria CEO, commented:
“Since we first announced the expansion project, in 2015, we have invested all our efforts into finishing Horizonte 2, always supported by a solid financial structure. Over these last two years, we have revised upwards the new line’s production capacity and now we are moving forward its conclusion, which attests to the dedicated effort made by the entire team to capture productivity gains, cut costs and always deliver their best. With the accelerated commissioning of the new line at Três Lagoas, we embark on a new phase of reaping the fruits of what we have sown.”
Earlier Fibria announced an investment into intermodal terminal for pulp shipment in Brazil.
The company is a global leader in eucalyptus pulp production. With an annual pulp production capacity of 5.3 million tons, it has industrial units in the cities of Aracruz (Espírito Santo), Jacareí (São Paulo) and Três Lagoas (Mato Grosso do Sul), and in Eunápolis (Bahia), where it operates the Veracel plant through a joint venture with Stora Enso. Fibria owns a forest area of around 969,000 hectares, distributed across six Brazilian states (São Paulo, Minas Gerais, Rio de Janeiro, Espírito Santo, Bahia and Mato Grosso do Sul), with 568,000 hectares of planted forests, 338,000 hectares of environmental preservation and conservation areas. The pulp manufactured by Fibria is exported to more than 40 countries.