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2016-05-20

Valmet: Valmet to supply a sulfuric acid plant to the Metsä Group bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland

Valmet Corporation's press release on May 20, 2016 at 9:00 a.m. EET

Valmet will supply a sulfuric acid plant to Metsä Group's bioproduct mill in
Äänekoski for in-house sulfuric acid production. By means of the new sulfuric
acid plant of its own the bioproduct mill can utilize the chemicals in the
odorous gases of the pulp manufacturing process. This will help to reduce the
wastewater load considerably. The start-up of the plant is scheduled for the
third quarter of 2017.

Valmet's delivery is part of Metsä Group's sulfuric acid plant investment that
is valued at roughly EUR 20 million. The order is included in Valmet's second
quarter 2016 orders received. The value of the order is not disclosed.

"The sulfuric acid plant producing process chemicals from sulfur compounds
from odorous gases is a remarkable step towards closed chemical circulation
and further improves the environmental performance of the bioproduct mill,"
saysTimo Merikallio
, Project Director of bioproduct mill at Metsä Group.

"More efficient utilization of the raw materials and putting circular economy
into practice within the industry increases the need for new innovations. The
sulfuric acid plant technology that will be delivered to Äänekoski is
developed by Valmet. We have developed also multiple new biotechnology
processes for pulp and energy industries including lignin and bio-oil
production," saysRisto Hämäläinen
, Director, Environmental Systems at Valmet.

Technical information about the delivery

The order includes a sulfuric acid plant developed by Valmet. The plant
consists of a concentrated non-condensable gas (CNCG) incinerator and a
sulfuric acid converting plant. The production capacity of the plant will be
approximately 35 tons of sulfuric acid per day. This will be the world's
first larger scale sulfuric acid plant that will be in operation at a pulp
mill.

The new plant will enable the bioproduct mill to become nearly self-sufficient
in sulfuric acid, as the odorous gases produced in the pulping process can be
converted into sulfuric acid. This will bring significant environmental
advantages. The amount of sulfate lead to the mill's effluent treatment plant
will be reduced and the sulfate load in the nearby waterways will be smaller
compared to the current mill in Äänekoski. The CNCG incineration plant can be
used as a back-up boiler for producing process steam by incinerating CNCG,
tall oil pitch or liquid methanol.

Valmet will supply a sulfuric acid plant to Metsä Group`s bio product mill in
Äänekoski, Finland.

Information about the customer Metsä Group

Metsä Group is a responsible forest industry group whose products' main raw
material is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. The
company focuses on tissue and cooking papers, fresh forest fibre
paper-boards, pulp, wood products, and wood supply and forest services. Metsä
Group's sales totalled EUR 5 billion in 2015, and the company employs
approximately 9,600 people. The Group operates in some 30 countries.
Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by
approximately 116,000 Finnish forest owners.

VALMET
Corporate Communications

For further information, please contact:

Risto Hämäläinen, Director, Environmental Systems, tel. +358 40 505 2001
Timo Merikallio, Project Director, Bioproduct mill, Metsä Group, tel. +358 50
598 9342

Valmet is the leading global developer and supplier of process technologies,
automation and services for the pulp, paper and energy industries. We aim to
become the global champion in serving our customers.

Valmet's strong technology offering includes pulp mills, tissue, board and
paper production lines, as well as power plants for bioenergy production. Our
advanced services and automation solutions improve the reliability and
performance of our customers' processes and enhance the effective utilization
of raw materials and energy.

Valmet's net sales in 2015 were approximately EUR 2.9 billion. Our 12,000
professionals around the world work close to our customers and are committed
to moving our customers' performance forward - every day. Valmet's head
office is in Espoo, Finland and its shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki.

Read more
www.valmet.com,
www.twitter.com/valmetglobal

PHOTO: Valmet sulfuric acid plant
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Source: Valmet via Globenewswire

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