New chipping line and chip handling system destined for Sappi’s Saiccor pulp mill

Valmet chipping line
Valmet chipping line and chip system Valmet chipping line

Valmet will deliver a new high capacity chipping line and chip handling system to Sappi’s  Saiccor mill. The upgrade is set to increase the chipping capacity, improve chip quality and minimise wood losses. The chipper will be delivered and installed at the end of 2018 and the start-up is planned for January 2019.

“Valmet’s high capacity drop feed chipper was found to be favourable for the new wood yard’s current and future mill capacity requirement,” says Ryno Eksteen, Senior Regional Project Manager at Sappi.

“Valmet’s wood handling business continues to flourish in the South African market area. With our biggest drop feed chipper this project will be extremely important to us and we are delighted that Sappi once again trust our technology and capabilities. We look forward to working with the Sappi team,” says Jussi Taskinen, Manager, R&D, Product Portfolio & Strategy at Valmet.

Details about the order

The order consists of a chipping line with a Camura GS1300 chipper and chip handling with storing and screening, including machinery, commissioning, training and start-up supervision. Mechanical installation of the chipping line is also carried out by Valmet.

 About Sappi Saiccor mill

The Saiccor mill, situated 50 km south of the port of Durban in the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa, is one of the production facilities for Sappi Specialised Cellulose. The mill has the capacity to produce approximately 800,000 tons of elemental chlorine free (ECF) dissolving pulp (DWP) per annum, mostly for export market. DWP is sold to converters to manufacture a wide range of consumer products, but in particular for viscose staple fibre (VSF) used in clothing and textiles.