Sappi Minnesota Pulp Mill To Produce Chemical Cellulose
According to Mike Schultz, project director in charge of the conversion, Cloquet Mill is the most modern pulp mill in North America and uses batch cooking technology, which is suited for making chemical cellulose. "We will still have the ability to make kraft pulp if we choose to, but the intent will be to begin producing chemical cellulose as quickly as we can and produce as much as the market will support," he said.
The converted mill is expected to produce 330,000 metric tons of chemical cellulose annually. The pulp processing chemicals will be recovered and reused. Byproducts can be used in products such as pickling salt, sweetener for gum, and other products.