Pulp Mill Feasibility Studies

An important step in improving the economy of developing countries with forest resources is the introduction of industries to process forest products locally instead of exporting the raw materials to be processed elsewhere.

In order for this to be an effective solution, these industries must be shown to be both viable and sustainable in order to:

  • provide long-term solutions for economic development
  • attract the foreign capital required to establish the industries.

Martin Watts has provided the growth and yield component in feasibility studies to establish pulp mills in:

  • South Sumatra, Indonesia in 1995
  • Kalimantan, Indonesia in 1996
  • Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam in 2003.

In all of the growth and yield analyses, existing data were used to:

  • derive individual tree volume equations for Acacia and Eucalyptus species
  • derive yield equations for Acacia and Eucalyptus species.

Results of the growth and yield analyses were used to ensure an adequate supply of wood was available to justify the investment in the new pulp mills.

In the cases of the Indonesian studies, the growth and yield analyses indicated an adequate supply of wood to proceed with the establishment of the pulp mills.

In the case of the Vietnamese study, insufficient data were available and it was recommended that the pulp mill not be established until an adequate supply of wood could be verified.

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