The Pulp & Paper Industry magazine visited Segezha pulp and paper mill in Karelia on July 26, 2019 where “Segezha West” reconstruction project was launched. The volume of investments is estimated at 55 billion rubles. The reconstruction program provides an enterprise capacity increase up to 850 thousand product tons per year (in fact, according to the President and Chairman of the Segezha Group, Mikhail Shamolin – up to 1 million tons).

In addition, it is planned to expand the product line and manufacture not only traditional brown kraftpaper, but also white paper as well as bleached hardwood and softwood pulp. Rashid Nurgaliyev, Deputy Secretary of the Security Council of the Russian Federation, Artur Parfenchikov, Head of Karelia Republic, President of the Segezha Group Mikhail Shamolin, Pavel Burenkov, Minister of Economic Development and Industry of Karelia Republic, Evgeny Ryzhov, Director of the Light Industry and Timber Industry Department, as well as senior executives of Sistema Corporation, republican government, deputies and vice-presidents - took part in ceremonial project launch.

The symbolic start of “Segezha West” project took place at the factory coastline. Memorial stone was installed in a slab with a seal of the Segezha Group and marked the project start. This site will serve for wood yard construction.

The “Segezha West” project will additionally stimulate business development in the region. Tax payments to different budgets levels will increase, new jobs will appear, and company's environmental indicators will improve.