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Baikal pulp mill closed

Posted: 5 January 2009 in Pollution, Russia

The Baikal Pulp and Paper mill in Baikalsk has had a troubled history. Since it started operations in 1966 it has polluted Lake Baikal. It was one of the few targets of environmental protests during the Soviet Union period. Before the mill was built, scientists from the Irkutsk State University’s Scientific Institute of Biology spoke out against Nikita Khrushchev’s plans to build a pulp and paper mill on the shore of Lake Baikal. Marina Rikhvanova, a founder of the NGO Baikal Ecological Wave and the 2008 winner of the Goldman Prize, is among those fighting to close down the mill.
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Sweco has won a contract for the architecture, structural engineering and construction management for the rebuild and modernisation of Mondi’s Syktyvkar pulp and paper mill. The contract is worth about €5.4 million. The project, which is supposed to reduce emissions from the mill and expand capacity is due to be completed in 2008.

Stora Enso is starting work on a feasibility study into building a €1 billion pulp and paper mill in the Nizhny Novgorod region in Russia. The study is due to be completed in April 2009, reports Thomson Financial News. The study will look at the whether it is profitable to produce paper for a Russian market using wood from Russia.
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In April 2008, UPM signed an agreement to form a joint venture with the Russian Sveza Group to build an 800,000 t/yr pulp mill, a 300,000 t/yr sawmill and a 450,000 t/yr wood panels mill in Sheksna in the South of Vologda.
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RISI reports that construction of the Boguchanskiy pulp and paper mill in Yarki, the Boguchansk region is due to start this month. The US$3 billion project includes a 730,000 t/yr bleached softwood kraft pulp mill, a 350 m3/yr sawmill, a wood-based panel plant and a kraftliner paper machine.
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Angara Paper Wood Chemical Plant plans to build a 900,000 bleached softwood pulp mill in Lesosibirsk, in the Yenisay region in eastern Russia. The US$1.3 billion project, which is due to start operations in 2011, will also produce 60,000 t/yr tissue, 220,000 t/yr chemithermomechanical pulp, 320,000 t/yr coated boxboard and 320,000 uncoated boxboard.
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Pöyry has won a €10 million contract to provide engineering services for the rebuild of Mondi’s Syktyvkar pulp mill in Russia. Mondi is expanding the Syktyvkar pulp and paper mill to produce 940,000 tonnes of paper and board. Completion is due in 2010.

SWECO has won a contract from SCA (Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget) to design a new pulp mill in Russia.

SWECO BLOCO will design the mill at Tula, 150 kilometres south of Moscow. The mill will use recycled paper as raw material for tissue paper: kitchen rolls, toilet paper and napkins.

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.

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