Bulgarian Pulp Mill to Triple Capacity with Digital Automation

27 June 2008

The Svilosa pulp mill, located on the banks of the Danube near the town of Svishtov in Northern Bulgaria, has announced it will digitally automate an expanded recovery boiler and fiberline with Emerson’s PlantWeb® digital plant architecture.

Svilsoa pulp mill
Svilsoa pulp mill

The project will triple mill output, reduce the plant’s environmental impact, and improve energy efficiency.

Producing for a large geographical area, the mill is expanding to realise growth from a global increase in demand and reduce energy costs and the plants environmental impact. Production will be increased from 50,000 tonnes/annum to 150,000 tonnes/annum, and energy consumption will be reduced along with the production of greenhouse gases. In addition, the project will enable the plant to reduce water usage and water borne emissions. The plant produces Bleached Hardwood Kraft Pulp (BHKP).

Emerson will supply engineering services and project management of the automation that will apply the company’s Smart Mill technology.

The digital PlantWeb technology will network a DeltaV™ digital automation system with intelligent field instrumentation including Fisher® valves and FIELDVUE® digital valve controllers, Micro Motion® Coriolis mass flow meters and Rosemount® pressure, flow, temperature and level measurement instruments. The AMS® Suite of predictive maintenance software will process information from the network for use by Svilosa operations and maintenance personnel to improve mill availability and performance.

Emerson says that the Svilosa pulp mill is the first PlantWeb project secured via Andritz, a primary supplier for pulp mills worldwide, who will work on the boiler section of the project. The installation of the fiberline element will be undertaken by another Emerson partner - Lenzing Fibers.

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