URUGUAY (News release) -- UPM is finalizing the construction works of the new pulp mill in Uruguay and enters the final phases of the project. The start-up of the UPM Paso de los Toros pulp mill is expected by the end of the Q1 2023.
While the project work continues intensively, the finalization of the construction works is an important milestone in the project. Since the investment decision in July 2019, over 20,000 people have been involved in the various construction sites related to the growth investment, including the construction of the UPM Paso de los Toros mill, the pulp terminal in the port of Montevideo and the 11 housing areas around Paso de los Toros.
The project now proceeds with the finalization of the electrical, instrumental and automation works and commissioning. The auxiliary boilers and power boilers have been commissioned. Water intake and water treatment process as well as the process air system are already in use. The recovery boiler testing has started and is advancing well, and commissioning is progressing in all process areas.
UPM Pulp is one of the world's leading producers of northern softwood, birch and eucalyptus pulp. UPM Pulp operates four modern pulp mills - three in Finland and one in Uruguay - as well as eucalyptus plantations in Uruguay. Pulp Business is part of the UPM Fibres Business Area which combines the integrated production of pulp, energy and sawn timber with a synergistic supply chain of wood raw materials.