Touching Everyday Lives – Eldorado Celulose e Papel, Brazil

World's largest single-line pulp mill, built in record time, Eldorado, Brazil


Project facts

Client: Eldorado Celulose e Papel

Country: Brazil

Type: Pulp mill

Raw material: Planted eucalyptus

Production capacity: 1.5 million t/a

Producing pulp for life's endless possibilities...

Três Lagoas, in the Brazilian inland state of Mato Grosso do Sul has become the world’s largest producer of cellulose thanks to its strategic location at the intersection of the country’s railways, roads and waterways.  It is here that Eldorado Celulose e Papel operates the world’s largest single line pulp mill. The mill is designed to produce 1.5 million tonnes of bleached eucalyptus pulp each year. The output, from planted eucalyptus forests, a 100 per cent renewable source, is exported to paper producing markets in South America, North America, Europe and Asia.

In 2009, Eldorado Celulose e Papel approached Pöyry about this ambitious project.  Through close collaboration, Pöyry worked with Eldorado on project aspects including the initial conceptual study, basic engineering, supporting the construction management and the balance of plant (BOP) detailed engineering work.  Eldorado executives wanted a lean approach with an aggressive timeline for the facility’s completion, and the plant was operational by December 2012.

For us, Pöyry was the only player that could help in every stage of the project lifecycle on an effort this massive - from assessment to roll-out – Mr Carlos Monteiro, Industrial Director, Eldorado.

The mill will have produced its first 1.5 million tonnes by February 2014, its pulp output used around the world in everything from toilet paper to napkins to different types of printing and writing paper.  Eldorado aims to complete three further pulp lines in the region by 2020, producing a total of 5 million tonnes per year.  The facility is also contributing to the local population, providing jobs for about 25,000 people.