Uruguay: New pulp mills and plantations will devastate traditional land use, destroy biodiversity

Favorable timber growing conditions, a good business climate and a
stable political environment has attracted a number of European forest
companies to invest in Uruguay the past few years. The establishment
of fast-growing Eucalyptus and pine plantations could eventually
support two or three new pulpmills, according to the WRQ.

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There is currently only one pulpmill in the country but there are
plans for at least three more if financing for the projects can be
secured. The Finnish company Metsa-Botnia is the owner of the existing
mill, which has an annual production capacity of about one million
tons. Two-thirds of the wood supply is coming from the company’s
nearby Eucalyptus plantations, while local private landowners supply
the remaining pulpwood. As long as the domestic demand for wood is
limited, the exports of Eucalyptus wood chips will continue to
flourish. In 2008, shipments more than doubled from the previous year,
totaling an estimated 1.3 million tons.

The Spanish paper company ENCE is planning a pulpmill southwest of Montevideo, designed to produce about one million tons of Eucalyptus pulp. The company is currently in negotiation with a number of investors regarding the financing of the mill, but this process has slowed as the result of the financial crisis. ENCE currently manages about 170,000 hectares of plantations in Southern Uruguay, which will be the main supply source for the plant.

Portucel Soporcel, a Portuguese paper company, has also
announced interest in establishing a pulp and paper mill in Uruguay.
In the fall of 2008 there was a Memorandum of Understanding signed
with the Government of Uruguay stating that an investment in a
pulpmill with a capacity of 1.3 million tons should be explored. The
third company that has plans for investing in a pulpmill in Uruguay is
the Swedish-Finnish pulp and paper company STORAENSO. The company has plantations in the central region of the country and could also source
wood from its plantations on the other side of the border in Brazil.
The company’s goal is to manage 100,000 hectares of plantation to
supply the planned mill (capacity one million ton per year).

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emilyNovember 18th, 2009 at 2:17 pm

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