US-based Fluor has completed its work with Stora Enso’s consumer board machine in Beihai, Guangxi, China.
As part of its collaboration with Stora Enso, Fluor provided procurement and construction management services for the board machine and associated infrastructure, including power, water and effluent treatment facilities.
The facility, constructed with an investment of €800m, was integrated with a sustainable eucalyptus plantation.
Fluor Asia Pacific business president Ken Choudhary said: "Fluor leveraged our nearly 40 years of experience in China to deliver this consumer board machine for Stora Enso and the Beihai community safely and on an unprecedented timeline."
More than 5,500 Fluor employees worked on the project, which produced the first consumer board 18 months after the start of construction.
The consumer board machine has been designed to produce up to 450,000t of liquid packaging board and other high-grade paperboard products per year, in order to meet the demand in China.
Fluor life-sciences and advanced manufacturing business president Juan Hernández said: "We look forward to delivering the same results on the project’s second phase, a mechanical pulp mill, as it completes in the fourth quarter of 2016."
Since 2012, Stora Enso has been using tree plantations on around 85,000ha of land in the Guangxi region.
The plantations have been certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and the China Forest Certification Council (CFCC).
Image: Stora Enso’s consumer board machine in Beihai, Guangxi, China. Photo: courtesy of Stora Enso.