Pöyry Awarded Detailed Design Contract for Paper Machine Rebuild at Sappi’s Somerset Mill
(Johannesburg, South Africa, March 21, 2017) Pöyry announced that it has been awarded a contract from Sappi for a detailed design for the rebuild of Sappi North America’s No. 1 Paper Machine at its Somerset Mill in Skowhegan, Maine (USA).
According to Pöyry, the rebuild will impact nearly every component of the machine — from pulp makedown to finishing and shipping.
The $165 million capital project will expand Sappi North America’s manufacturing capabilities and flexibility to include a variety of consumer packaging grades. The rebuild of the No. 1 paper machine will increase the mill’s annual production capacity to nearly one million tons per year.
“Somerset’s existing world class infrastructure, together with its talented workforce and access to high quality fiber, makes the mill an excellent and obvious choice for this investment,” said Mark Gardner, President and CEO of Sappi North America.
“By tapping into Pöyry’s expertise on this important project, we are increasing our flexibility and expanding the paper mill’s capability and capacity, ensuring that we continue to make superior products for years to come,” Gardner added.
The planned project at the Somerset Mill in Maine is expected to come online early in 2018. (Source: Pöyry)