The Project Staff at Celulosa Arauco

Environment, Safety, and Quality Goals Realized in Unusually Successful Start-Up

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Central Control Room
Central Control Room

Project has met its goals

“Our priorities are the safety of our people, the environment and production,” Quintana said. “The system, along with all the associated connectivity tools, diagnostics, smart controls etc., has helped us achieve these goals. The system is open and provides a wide range of connectivity so in the future it will allow us to continue developing and expanding, and taking advantage of the communication standards in the market.”

“Start-up at Nueva Aldea went according to plan,” Luks said. “From the beginning of the project we began to plan the installation of the equipment from the point of view of risk matrices. We assessed all the risks that each stages of the operation could face, from receiving and start-up to production at the factory. This created a level of concern and attentiveness that has made it possible to operate not only without major accidents but practically without any incidents at all to speak of.”

Pulp Production
Pulp Production was at 93.8% of target full capacity within 6 months of startup

“We adopted a gradual start-up curve that meant we had control of the processes at all times, maintaining as top priority personal safety and environmental protection, and we were able to achieve our goals,” continued Luks. “Our environmental performance is so good that we will soon be able to generate additional revenues by entering the carbon offset market. The equipment and control technology used have helped us achieve prime quality from the first days of plant operation.”

“The plant is designed to turn out 856,000 tons of cellulose a year,” Luks concluded. “By April, we reached 93.8% of that target, on a monthly basis. Digital technology has helped us reach this production level while maintaining the safety of our people and of the environment. As with all projects, this one demanded much dedication and energy on the part of all the participants. It was a pleasure to work with each and every one of them. Despite the huge scope of this project, it was completed on time largely due to the great support we received.

Following the very successful startup, we have continued to increase our output in a sustainable way allowing Nueva Aldea to become a development pillar for the entire region.”

*Celulosa Arauco Nueva Aldea contributing authors:
Juan Jorge Caceres, Superintendent Maintenance
Alejandro Erazo, Arauco Engineering Department, DCS Project Engineer
Marco Vidal Cruz, Operations Superintendent, Liquor Area
Juan Jorge Caceres, Manager Maintenance
Mauricio Quintana M, Supervisor Systems Accionamientos
Gunars Luks Guzman, Mill Manager

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