Fibria has concluded modernization of the recovery boiler at unit B, one of the three units at the industrial complex located in Aracruz, Espírito Santo, Brazil.
The modernization process, which was executed during March and completed in April, received investments of R$45 million ($12.5 million) and involved around 750 workers, including the planning and execution team, at its height.
Modernization of the boiler was carried out at the same time as the maintenance shutdown of unit C, which is a scheduled maintenance activity that is performed every 15 months. Considering both activities (modernization of recovery boiler B and maintenance shutdown of unit C), the operations involved more than 2,000 workers.
Paulo Silveira about the maintenance and modernization of equipment
“The maintenance shutdowns and modernization of our equipment are aligned with the company’s maintenance plans and are aimed at improving the operational stability and performance of the Aracruz unit, our largest operational unit in Brazil,” said Paulo Silveira, Chief Industrial Officer of Fibria.
During the modernization process, approximately 13,500 meters of pipes that make up the recovery boiler’s wall were replaced. Improvements were also made to air conditioning systems and a new gas scrubber was installed, which is responsible for processing gases resulting from the chemical processes, thereby mitigating the effects of their emission into the atmosphere.
The maintenance shutdown at unit C involved preventive checkups in various pieces of equipment at the production line.