In February 2006, Anglo American announced that Mondi is considering a US$1.5 billion, one million t/yr expansion of its pulp mill at its Syktyvkar site in the Komi Republic, northwest Russia. Mondi plans to sell most of the pulp to China.
The Syktyvkar mill currently produces 550,000 t/yr of pulp and 790,000 t/yr of paper and board. Mondi is in the process of converting the pulp mill to elemental chlorine free (ECF) bleaching.
Mondi Business Paper Sykryvkar controls 13 logging companies in the Komi Republic. The logging companies provide timber for Mondi and for sale. The company is one of the main sources of employment in the region.
During a socio-economic assessment of Syktyvkar carried out by Mondi in 2005, people living near the mills complained that the mill’s pollution of the air was causing health problems, including “respiratory diseases, cancers, allergies, asthma and skin irritations”. People were also concerned about water pollution and the smell coming from the mill. “The results of this consultation process were overwhelmingly positive”, comments Mondi.