Montes del Plata is a joint operation created with Chilean pulp producer Arauco. Located in Uruguay, Montes del Plata produces 1.3 million tonnes of eucalyptus wood pulp every year.
In addition to pulp, the mill produces surplus energy and approximately 70 MW per working hour which is fed onto the national grid. Thanks to this, the mill was accepted as a United Nations Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) project.
Montes del Plata owns 190,266 ha of land, of which 114,656 ha are planted, and around 100 000 ha protected areas. All Montes del Plata’s own eucalyptus plantations are FSC certified.
From the Uruguayan perspective, Montes del Plata benefits the local society in economical, social and environmental ways. First of all, according to socio-economical impact studies made by the consultant company Deloitte, the mill will boost the national economy through a 2% increase in GDP. In addition to direct economic benefits the operations offer many job opportunities. For example, earlier many of the Uruguayan engineers had to search for job opportunities outside of their home country. When calculating the whole value chain, as well as the indirect jobs it has been estimated that there will be more than 5,000 permanent jobs created in the country.
Through a series of extensive training sessions and daily monitoring, safety will be at the core of Montes del Plata’s working culture. The excellence in the production will only be satisfying if everyone gets back home safe and sound each and every day. Safety is the cornerstone of working practices in all our production units.
The mill's terminal consist of two docks: one for barges that enables the reception of logs, and the other for ocean bound vessels used for pulp exports. A large amount of the wood is supplied through barges thereby limiting heavy transports on Uruguayan roads. On both inbound and outbound sides, Montes del Plata has an exclusive logistic setting allowing a total control over the outbound worldwide shipping process while reducing the environmental impact of inbounds wood.
Having an efficient logistics chain is a key aspect for the forestry process.
Bimodal wood supply logistics combines land transport (over 300 trucks) with maritime transport: 4 barges that will depart from a modern logistics terminal located on kilometre 108 of the Uruguay River to the Punta Pereira pulp mill.
The bimodal system allows for a reduction of impacts on highways and local roads, thus avoiding accidents and significantly reducing CO2 emissions
Montes del Plata benefits from having its own integrated harbor. From a logistic perspective, this means shipping directly into the ocean at minimal costs and having full control over shipment processes.
For our customers, this means that wherever they are around the globe, we can insure excellency standards in terms of time and quality when it comes to sea transportation.