Concession Contract Signed for Pulp Terminal at Port of Paranaguá
The investment in one of Brazil’s most important ports will completely vertically orient the operations of Klabin, which was awarded the area in an auction held last year
Paraná, February 27, 2020 – The awarding of the concession for commercial operation of the Pulp Terminal at the Port of Paranaguá to Klabin, Brazil’s largest packaging paper producer and exporter, was formalized today by the minister of infrastructure, Tarcísio Freitas, and the governor of Paraná, Ratinho Júnior. The company was awarded the concession in an auction held in August 2019 at the headquarters of the B3 exchange in São Paulo,
The Port of Paranaguá is one of the most important in Brazil and the main shipping route for Klabin’s production in the state, with the company’s export volume projected to increase with the startup of its Puma II Project, which is currently under construction. The concession has total area of 27,530 square meters and a term of 25 years, which may be extended for another 45 years. “The new logistics terminal will bring long-term efficiency gains for Klabin, helping to ensure high levels of logistics productivity and to make its products even more competitive. Our presence in global markets will be even more robust and agile,” said Sandro Ávila, director of Operational Planning, Logistics and Procurement.
The Terminal is served by road and rail connections, and the terminal project will accommodate new rail spurs for unloading that will enable the transfer of bales to trucks used to load vessels. Total investment in the project is around R$130 million, which should be disbursed through 2022. With the investments, the new terminal will reach annual pulp movement capacity of 1.2 million tons, and support hybrid operations, handling both pulp bales and paper reels.
“The project further reinforces Klabin’s importance to the state of Paraná while the investment also demonstrates the company’s recognition of our state’s potential. Without a doubt, we will have a terminal logistics model marked by excellence, which is a characteristic of all Klabin units,” said Ratinho Júnior, the governor of Paraná.
Operation in Paranaguá
Since 2016, Klabin has maintained a Pulp and Paper Logistics Unit at the Port of Paranaguá that is designed to serve production from the Puma Unit, the company’s plant located in Ortigueira, Paraná, which is the only plant in Brazil that produces, at a single site, bleached pulp made from hardwood fibers, softwood fibers and fluff. The Logistics Unit has the capacity to move 1 million tons of raw materials annually and will capture synergies with the new area under the concession contract.