Helsinki-based Metso will supply a wash press to Mondi’s Richards Bay mill in South Africa. The Mondi Richards Bay mill, commissioned in 1984, produces more than 793,000 tons of bleached pulp per year, using mainly eucalyptus from own plantations as raw material.

The order includes the wash press, basic and detail engineering, and site services. The new wash press will allow Mondi to improve the existing brown stock washing process at the mill. Startup of the new wash press is scheduled for end of 2011.