A $14.1 million cooking plant and fiber-line upgrade to the Khon Kaen mill of Phoenix Pulp & Paper Co. in Thailand is scheduled for a July 2012 startup.

Supplied by Metso, Helsinki, the equipment includes a two-vessel compact cooking G2 digester to produce 200,000 tons of eucalyptus pulp per year. The cooking system will enable the mill to increase production capacity and use raw material more efficiently while reducing environmental impact.

Delivery also includes a Metso TwinRoll wash press for the fiber line upgrade.