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  • Segezha expands wood pellet production at its Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 in Russia

    Segezha Group informed about launch of the second stage of KsilotekSibir LLC fuel pellet plant at the manufacturing site of Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 JSC.

    According to the announcement, the new plant has brought the total pellet production capacity of the company to 110.5 thousand tons of pellet granules per year.

    The first construction stage of the third manufacturing line with an output of 30 thousand tons per year lasted from August to December 2019. It resulted in the commissioning of the third pellet press with an output of 4.5 t of fuel pellets per hour.

    Equipment for the second, conclusive stage of construction was received at the mill on March 3 this year. The team of Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 JSC started the installation in parallel with unloading and transportation of the line’s constituent units. The works had been in progress for one month and used only the mill’s own resources, without disruption of the existing production process or demolition of buildings, and with participation of Hekotek, the Estonian equipment producer.

    Photo: Segezha Group

    “Successful project completion was driven by cohesive co-operation between LDK No. 1 and Hekotek teams and proactivity in implementation of the team’s own improvement ideas.

    During installation the team, including workers engaged at the construction site, acted with a high level of competence and professional skill. The implemented improvement ideas have significantly reduced the project timing and costs. Launch of equipment without fail or hitch was possible owing to the high efficiency and commitment of the team.” Evgeniy Verevkin, Technical Director and Project Manager

    The first two fuel pellet manufacturing process lines with a capacity of 70 thousand tons of finished product were launched at the industrial site of KsilotekSibir LLC, part of Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1, in December 2018.

    The equipment is intended for manufacturing of 6 mm and 8 mm diameter pellets from sawn timber production and processing waste – natural humidity sawdust and wood chips. The disposal of wood logging byproducts is effected by means of transforming these products into biofuel and heat.

    Currently, Lesosibirsk mill dispatches three container trains per month to the Baltic ports for further shipment to Denmark and other EU countries.

    Pellets (pressed granules) are an inexpensive and high-quality fuel, which is made of pure wood with no chemical binders added. They are absolutely safe and environmentally friendly. The heating efficiency of pellets produced under high pressure with no chemical binders added is almost equal to that of coal. As compared to mineral fuels (coke, coal, natural gas), biofuel, when burning, produces dozens of times less greenhouse gas, which is one of the key factors leading to negative climate change. When they burn, pellets produce considerably less sulfur compounds (less than 0.08%).

    Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 is one of the leading sawn timber manufacturers in Russia. The combine has been on the world market for 50 years. Annually LLDK No. 1 processes more than 1 million cubic meters of round timber and produces around 600,000 cubic meters of ready products a year. The enterprise has considerable forest resource base, and cutting-edge wood harvesting and wood-sawing capacities. Its products are exported to European countries, including the UK, France, Spain, Belgium, the states of North Africa and the Middle East, as well as to China. LLDK No. 1 is one of the main employers in the single-profile city of Lesosibirsk, with more than 3,500 jobs.

    Earlier, Segezha’s Lesosibirsky LDK No. 1 and Ksilotek-Sibirin Russia received the Sustainable Biomass Program certification in Russia.

    About Segezha Group:

    The company is one of the largest Russian forest industry holdings with the vertically integrated structure and a full cycle of logging and added-value wood processing. The holding comprises Russian and European enterprises in the forest, wood processing and pulp and paper industries, as well as paper packaging.  Segezha is ranked: No. 1 in Russia (52%) and No, 2 in Europe (16,5%) for paper sack production, No. 1 in Russia (71%) and No. 4 in Europe in terms of high-quality unbleached sack paper production , No. 5 in Russia and the world’s No. 7 for large-sized birch plywood production, No. 1 in Russia for sawn timber production – 904 thousand cubic meters per year, and No. 1 in Russia for glulam house sets – the volume stands at 25,5 thousand cubic meters per year.

    Source: Woodbizforum