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UPM Fray Bentos pulp mill annual maintenance shutdown estimated to last three weeks

Archive 15.9.2010 0:00 EEST

(UPM, Fray Bentos, 15 September 2010 at 12 UYT) - The annual maintenance shutdown at UPM's Fray Bentos pulp mill in Uruguay is planned to begin 21 October and is estimated to last three weeks.

In addition to the normal annual maintenance works, super heaters in the recovery boiler will be replaced. Due to this, the maintenance shutdown is this year about one week longer than usually. The production loss of the outage is estimated to be about 70 000 tonnes.

During the maintenance period, almost 1000 additional workers will be working onsite.

For further information please contact
Mr Jussi Penttilä, General Manager Fray Bentos Pulp Mill, +598 98 627 543

Notes to editors

About UPM Fray Bentos Pulp Mill
The UPM Fray Bentos Pulp Mill is located on the bank of the River Uruguay 4 kilometres east of the city of Fray Bentos, in Uruguay. The mill's annual production capacity is about 1.1 million tonnes of bleached eucalyptus pulp, which is suitable for manufacturing fine and magazine papers, carton and tissue paper. The mill started its operation in November 2007 and is among the most modern ones in the world. Designed with the latest technologies available, the mill operates in compliance with the strictest standards set by the European Union and Uruguayan legislation.

About UPM
UPM leads the integration of bio and forest industries into a new, sustainable and innovation-driven future. Our products are made of renewable raw materials and are recyclable. UPM consists of three Business Groups: Energy and pulp, Paper, and Engineered materials. The Group employs around 24,000 people and it has production facilities in 15 countries. In 2008, UPM's sales amounted to EUR 9.5 billion. UPM's shares are listed on the Helsinki stock exchange. UPM – The Biofore Company – www.upm.com and www.upmbiofore.com