Andritz to prepare complete fibre preparation line for processing date palm waste

The Andritz refiner designed to achieve high fibre quality at reduced electrical energy consumption (Image: Andritz)

International technology group Andritz will supply a complete fibre preparation line for a greenfield plant in the Toshka area in the south of Egypt.

The eco-friendly plant will produce high-density and medium-density fibreboard (HDF and MDF) from date palm fronds, a material normally considered farm waste.

Andritz reports that they will execute this order in cooperation with the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) specialist Weser Industrie- und Anlagentechnik and Dieffenbacher, a manufacturer of press systems and complete plants for the wood-based panel industry.

On behalf of Egypt’s National Service Projects Organization (NSPO), Weser is acting as the general contractor for this turnkey project.

Michael Frint, director technology Panelboard Systems at Andritz said: “Alternative raw materials, in particular from waste streams, are becoming increasingly important in the panel industry. Participating in this innovative and sustainable NSPO project is an important milestone for us.”

The Andritz line, with a capacity of up to 14 bone-dry metric tonne per hour, will process date palm fronds from a nearby 40,000-acre date farm. It includes a system to wash and condition the chips from the palm frond stems, and a pressurised refining system with a refiner to process the washed and conditioned chips into high-quality fibres at low energy consumption.

The fibres will be used to produce high-quality fibreboards, mainly for the flooring and furniture industries. The plant is scheduled to commence production in the autumn of 2025.