SYKTYVKAR, Russia - Mondi Syktyvkar has officially launched a large-scale power plant rebuild project. Over EUR 100 million will be allocated to fund this upgrade as part of Mondi’s approved capital investment programme for 2017 to 2019. The main objective of the project is to safeguard sustainable safe heat and energy generation for the mill and the region. The launch event, held on 25 May, was attended by representatives of the local authorities, various partners of the company and Mondi Syktyvkar managers.
“Our power plant upgrade is the biggest investment project at Mondi Syktyvkar since the STEP project completed in 2010. The power plant is a central component of the company’s infrastructure. We provide around 20 percent of the regional demand in electricity energy. In addition, we are the only source of heating and hot water for Syktyvkar’s Ezhva district, which is populated by around 60,000 people. Our power plant is unique for both Russia and Mondi. It has been in operation for over 50 years and an extensive upgrade programme is required,” says Klaus Peller, Managing Director of Mondi Syktyvkar.
During the project a new bark boiler, steam turbine and electricity distribution plant will be built. Mondi has already obtained approval from the state expert assessment department, civil construction permission from the supervisory authorities, and has awarded contracts to main equipment suppliers. The upgraded power plant is planned to come into operation in 2019.
Mondi Syktyvkar is a part of Mondi’s Uncoated Fine Paper business unit. The mill is one of the leaders in the pulp and paper industry, and the biggest paper producer in Russia. The company’s core business is the production of office and offset paper. It also produces newsprint, white-top kraftliner and bleached softwood market pulp KOMICELL. The most prominent brand is office paper “Snegurochka”.