The Environmental Assessment Service (SEA in Spanish) unanimously approved the Environmental Impact Statement submitted by ARAUCO in order to move forward with the dissolving pulp project being developed at Valdivia Pulp Mill.
This initiative, which requires a US$185 million investment, will allow ARAUCO to be the first company in Chile to produce this type of pulp, in addition to creating a value added product and diversifying its offer in the market.
Dissolving pulp is mainly used in the manufacture of viscose, which is known for its softness, shine, purity and high water absorption, making it suitable for use in the production of fabric medical items and, personal care items, specially clothing. Unlike synthetic fibers that are mostly produced from oil based sources, dissolving pulp is natural and renewable.
In addition, this project will increase the facility’s power generation by 15 MW.