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Second pulp mill in Uruguay delays beginning production until next year

Thursday, September 12th 2013 - 02:01 UTC
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The Montes del Plata when on full production will have an output of 1.3 million tons of pulp The Montes del Plata when on full production will have an output of 1.3 million tons of pulp

The second pulp mill in Uruguay, Montes del Plata is not expected to begin operations until the first half of next year, according to the latest reports from the same corporation which is an association of Chile’s Copec and Finland’s Stora Enso.

“The main technology contractors have informed Montes del Plata that they will not be able to conclude work in the plant according to the agreed calendar”, said the company in a release.

“Montes del Plata is supporting the contractors so that they can accelerate activities and the initiation of operations”.

The plant along the River Plate coast of Uruguay, and not too distant from Argentina is one of the country’s major investments having demanded an estimated 2 billion dollars with a planned production of 1.3 million of eucalyptus pulp per annum.

The release contradicts earlier statements from the company announcing Montes del Plata would be ready to begin production in the fourth quarter of this year.

The announcement was even supported by President Jose Mujica who confirmed that in late September or early October the new pulp mill was ready to begin production.

This latest event comes in the midst of another brewing misunderstanding between Argentina and Uruguay over the first pulp mill UPM, that has been in production for several years now and which has requested to expand output from 1.1 million to 1.3 million tons annually.

Argentina has warned Uruguay that any expansion must first be agreed with Buenos Aires and insisted that the UPM/Botnia plant contaminates.

However President Mujica who has promised a reply on the expansion request sometime in late September dismissed the warnings and recalled that Argentina is in the midst of mid term elections.

Besides Mujica and President Cristina Fernandez who seem to have a good personal relation will coincide in several events in the next three weeks and could address the issue. The two heads of state will be in New York for the UN General Assembly and later in Buenos Aires for the christening of a non-contaminating, gas-powered catamaran that is supposed to link Buenos Aires with Montevideo in less than two hours and a half.

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  • ChrisR

    Obviously blamed on the contractors but I wonder if it's the truth?

    This is not new technology that requires mass scale proving, there is another one further down the Plate.

    Delaying this plant must be costing a fortune in depleted cash flow but the main target has to be the increase in production of the original plant.

    The argies have an awful lot to answer for, aided and abetted by our very own enemies, Pepe and his harridan of a wife Lucia Toplansky, concerning the ongoing damage to our country.

    Sep 12th, 2013 - 08:01 am 0
  • Gonzo22

    “harridan of a wife Lucia Toplanski” an example of a First World comment.

    Sep 12th, 2013 - 09:34 am 0
  • redp0ll

    Gonzo, Chris It isnt la tronca Lucias fault. Who is really in charge of Uruguay is Manuelita, Pepes lame dog

    Sep 12th, 2013 - 11:13 am 0
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