Setúbal Industrial Complex
The Setúbal Industrial Complex is located on the Mitrena peninsula, near the city of Setúbal. The site is home to a pulp mill and two paper mills, one of which - About the Future - was inaugurated in 2009 and is one of the largest and most sophisticated plants in the world.
Thanks to constant investment in operational efficiency and environmental performance, this complex is regarded as a European benchmark in the manufacture of pulp and UWF paper.
Pulp and power generation
The Setúbal pulp mill, one of the largest in Europe, is able to produce around 550 thousand tons of bleached eucalyptus kraft pulp (BEKP) each year, using the Kraft process, all of which is integrated in paper manufactured at the Setúbal site.
The Setúbal Industrial Complex also includes a natural gas cogeneration plant, a biomass cogeneration plant and a biomass power station, meaning that its production capacity also includes renewable energy.
The two paper mills from Setúbal Industrial Complex produce Uncoated WoodFree paper (UWF)
The first mill, which started up in 1969, has annual capacity for around 275 thousand tons, produced on two paper machines.
The second mill, known as About the Future, was officially opened in 2009 and boasts one of the world's largest and most sophisticated machines for producing uncoated paper. Turing out reels 10.4 metres wide, this machine is able to produce more than 500 thousand tons of paper a year, at a rate of 30 metres a second.
With the two mills, total paper production capacity at the Setúbal site stands at close to 775 thousand tons a year.