SANTIAGO, Chile, Jan. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- Empresas CMPC ("CMPC", "the Company"), a leading Latin American forestry, pulp, paper, tissue and packaging products producer, today announced that its landmark Guaiba 2 Project, in the State of Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, remains on budget and on schedule for start-up in the second quarter of 2015.
The facility was at 88% physical completion as of December 31, 2014. The main milestones achieved in the project's execution to date include the completion of the electric substation, the startup of the water supply system, the hydrostatic testing of the digester and, most recently, the first ignition of the recovery boiler.
Approved by the Board of Empresas CMPC in December 2012, the $2.1 billion expansion of the Guaiba pulp mill will add 1.3 million tons of eucalyptus pulp capacity, bringing CMPC's total hardwood and softwood pulp capacity to 4.1 million tons per year. The mill is 100% wood self-sufficient, and will lower CMPC's average pulp cash cost. During the construction phase, the expansion employed more than 9,000 highly qualified workers, one third of who were from local communities.
Next steps at the project will include the pre-operational chemical cleaning of the recovery boiler, the steam blow of the pipe lines to the turbogenerators, migration of the control systems to the new control room, putting in operation a chipping line in the woodyard and continuing of the commissioning activities in other systems.
Empresas CMPC produces pulp, paper, tissue, paper, packaging products and other forestry products throughout Latin America. The company aims to deliver world-class products, from forestry to finished products, to our global customer base. Our high quality timber and production facilities are strategically located in countries including Chile, Brazil, Argentina, Peru, Colombia, Uruguay, Ecuador and Mexico, making us a truly regional company with a competitive cost structure. CMPC sells more than 25 different product lines to over 31,000 clients in more than 45 countries, always seeking long-term relationships.
This release may contain forward-looking statements. Such statements are subject to risks and uncertainties that could cause Empresas CMPC's actual results to differ materially from those set forth in the forward-looking statements. These risks include: market, financial and operational risks. All of them are described in CMPC's Financial Statements, Note 3 ("Gestion de Riesgos").
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