Eastern European Markets
May 20, 2005

Metso Paper's fiber line technology selected for pulp mill modernization at Ust-Ilimsk, Russia

The Russian pulp and paper company, Ilim Pulp Enterprise, will modernize the fiber line no. 2 at the Ust-Ilimsk pulp mill in the Irkutsk region of Siberia. The investment will increase the softwood line production from 850 tpd up to 1200 tpd, and will also improve the pulp quality. Metso Paper was selected to supply the new knotting, screening and washing equipment. In addition, Metso Paper will deliver engineering, training, as well as supervision of erection and start-up.

The main process machinery for knotting and screening features Metso Paper's Delta technology. A new type of a TwinRoll wash press will be installed to improve pulp washing. The equipment delivery will take place at the end of 2005 and the start-up is scheduled for the first half of 2006.

The Ust-Ilimsk pulp mill is part of JSC PO Ust-Ilimsk Wood Industrial Complex, a huge timber-processing unit. The mill on the Angara river is located 5000 km east of Moscow, and produces bleached softwood Kraft pulp with two lines which were originally commissioned in the early 1980's.

Metso is a global technology corporation serving customers in the pulp and paper industry, rock and minerals processing, energy industry as well as in selected other industries. In 2004, the net sales of Metso Corporation were approx. EUR 4 billion, and it has some 23,000 employees in more than 50 countries. Metso's shares are listed in the Helsinki and New York Stock Exchanges.

For further information
Seppo Hiljanen, Senior Vice President, Chemical Pulping,
Tel. +358 20 482 9881,
Peter Landgärds, Vice President, Sales, Chemical Pulping,
Tel. +358 20 482 9861,

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