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URUGUAY - THERE WILL BE NO ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ON THE SECOND FLOOR OF UPM

14/05/2017. The chairs were painted leather. Celestes. Matched the color of the tie that President Tabaré Vázquez, elected for the whole European tour. The living room set was completed with four individual pieces. The day had been long and the president wanted to rest a while before climbing to the hotel room.

A few hours before they had met with the number one UPM: Finnish CEO Jussi Pesonen.


On the afternoon of Monday, February 13, Vazquez left the meeting with concerns about the train. His watchfulness to solve "the key point" to allow installation of the second plant is under way. Now one of the key government spends to look after the environmental level, and minimized the impact of increased foreign investment in the country's history. Therefore, the company promised to ensure the highest standards of environmental control. Even more modern than those already applied for the first project in Fray Bentos.


"What keeps me awake is the train," he said in late February that the president sat on the couches of the hotel with a group of collaborators from his government. He paused. His companions looked at him. He thought a moment and added: "If we arrange that the rest is solved," he said in his usual tone almost whisper.

The president signed a confidentiality agreement with the company following the progress of negotiations. You know that the project will be implemented, but you can not say publicly. You must finish seal the deal and sign the memorandum. Unsigned contract no second floor. But that is not your watchfulness.

Vazquez now wakefulness is another. The head of state wants all protocols and security controls are activated to avoid questions, both from the political scene, as environmental organizations, they said El Pais Three Hierarchs executive.

Minister of Housing and Environment, Eneida De Leon, is responsible for working on the issue.

While still working in the contract or memorandum of understanding between the parties, UPM and government have different teams working in parallel to advance the project.

Therefore, in the executive branch and the Finnish company handled environmental impact studies on different planes. One is a preliminary study on the impact of the pulp mill to be located near Paso de los Toros on the Black River. But also handle analysis of environmental and urban impact on the new railway system linking the factory to the port of Montevideo. In recent weeks the Finnish firm revived a call for tenders for a new environmental impact study by the railroad.

In negotiations between the company and the government they analyzed the technical studies. "There were talks too specific about technology, characteristics of the factory, working models. Purely technical information contributed by the company and also manage the government," he said a government source told El Pais. The chief explained that the National Directorate of Environment provided the current reality of the Black River.

The conclusion of the talks that the new plant UPM provide a phosphorus load between 2% and 3% of current levels has emerged the black river. The rest of the phosphorus that has the flow correspond to other agricultural and industrial enterprises.
In the case of Uruguay river the water situation has been very controlled manner binational (Uruguay-Argentina). UPM plant in Fray Bentos installed is allowed to shed 74 kilos of phosphorus per day to Uruguay river. In the case of the other pulp mill located in Conchillas (Montes del Plata) level permitted phosphorus pouring the flow is 140 kilos per day.

These figures show that official studies UPM Fray Bentos Uruguay River contributes to 0.01% of total phosphorus that has the watercourse.
However the situation in the Black River is different, and the concern of the authorities is to improve current levels of water quality. The issue was discussed in one of the last meetings of the Council of Ministers.
President Vazquez requested "be vigilant" and devise "concrete actions" to improve the quality of the river.
The concern prompted the president ordered the first of thematic radio and television was on "water as a resource".
Studies that handles the government and the company show that the quality of the Black River is "good", but the level of nutrients that industrial production discharged into the watercourse is growing "rapidly and the quality is getting worse every year."


Nitrogen and phosphorus are the main elements that tend to increase in concentration in the water and cause the growth of plants and seaweeds. The concern of the authorities is that actually causes the loss of oxygen in the water, which directly impacts the lives of fish and river animals.


"UPM is committed to driving the highest standards of environmental control. They even be more modern and sophisticated than those existing for the two plants that are already in the country. They are demanding global protocols, not just locally. And that also spoke meeting in Helsinki in February, "he told El País a hierarch of government who preferred anonymity because of the confidentiality agreement signed between the parties.


Topolansky and the letter of doubts.


The Frente Amplio senator and wife of former President José Mujica, signed a letter warning you about the environmental effects it could have the second floor of UPM. Along with her other 190 frenteamplistas adhered to text with his signature. The petition is available on the change.org page.


The paper argues that "the improvement of an aging and outdated railway infrastructure is the best alternative for the development of the transport system of cargo and passengers, provided that its design does not contribute to increase urban socio fragmentation of the territory concerned." They require signatories to protect the heritage, Montevideo Bay and the port landscape and connectivity of the city and port access.


EXAMPLE IN EUROPE.


They apply the same controls Finns.
In the third quarter of 2017 it will prompt the largest pulp mill in Finland. It is Botnia factory (now Metsa Fiber) located on Lake Äänekoski. The total investment is 1.2 billion euros, and its production will be similar to that provided for the second plant that UPM intends to install in the center of the Uruguayan territory.


This lake receives tributaries of 530,000 tons of pulp. The river is 75 m3 per second. Well below the average flow of the Black River where the new project UPM is 650m3 per second will be installed.


The Äänekoski flows into the Päijänne lake that receives sewage affluents of more than 300,000. It is the second largest lake in Finland. The Finnish Environment Institute (SYKE for its acronym in German) rated the quality of its waters as "excellent".


Lake that supplies drinking water to more than one million inhabitants in the capital Helsinki, and nearby villages.


Environmental control protocols applied here are the same to be held in the Black River is running once the second floor of UPM. The example was transmitted by the authorities of the Finnish company Vazquez government in meetings where environmental issues was discussed.
For President Vazquez, the environmental issue is central, even considered until a personal matter. The president told his team that wants to avoid the problems that led to the installation of the UPM plant in Fray Bentos.


This year marks 10 years since the factory engines ignited. In that 2007 Broad Front government faced a harsh retaliation from the Argentine government led by the family Kirchner (Nestor and Cristina Fernández) who took to cut the binational bridges Fray Bentos and Paysandu affecting tourism.


In August last year, Vazquez said the government made "an analysis with the company taking into account environmental management, social impact management and the issue of infrastructure." He ruled out problems with Argentina, and the subject said he spoke with the president of that country Mauricio Macri who did not object.


"We can move forward with far fewer difficulties with the installation of the first floor where we paid the price for inexperience," he said at the press conference.

 

El País

Uruguay - Governo acelera obras após um acordo com UPM

2017/05/04. A conferência no Ministério dos Transportes e Obras Públicas (mtop) começou muito cedo. Na quarta-feira à noite o ministro 3 Víctor Rossi chamou cedo ontem -por toda a sua equipa técnica na sede do ministério contra a Matrix Plaza. A agenda tinha apenas um tópico: UPM. É que na tarde de quarta-feira o presidente, Tabaré Vázquez, e todo o gabinete do governo, recebeu a confirmação da empresa finlandesa para avançar a instalação de sua segunda fábrica de celulose.
Agora, o governo é obrigado a acelerar ao máximo a infra-estrutura necessária para permitir o funcionamento da fábrica. "Para nós, a partir de ontem (quarta-feira, 3) o que aconteceu foi uma campainha de alarme", disse o membro do Executivo para a mídia.
Rossi disse que ordenou que todas as suas equipes "para proteger". "Agora ele entra na fase de realização. Tudo estava em discussão deve ser feito, devemos levá-lo ao tribunal", disse ele.
Programas para reparar estradas, fortalecendo a ponte que irá mover o trem, a reforma total do sistema ferroviário entre Paso de los Toros e porto de Montevidéu, a remodelação da área do porto e da criação de dois viadutos para facilitar o trânsito, são alguns dos temas que agora o governo tem que apertar o acelerador para cumprir prazos.
"Agora eu passei cada equipes de ministério poeira, se tinham algum powdering pasta" Rossi disse com uma quota de humor para refletir sua decisão de acelerar tudo o que procedimentos e definições puder.
ministro MTOP disse que a linha férrea está praticamente definido e será anunciado em 15 dias, e as obras de renovação de todo o sistema ferroviário terá nada menos que três anos para ser concluído prazo. Antes de lançar o concurso internacional, o governo resolveu fazer uma sala de dados e outros contatos em estreita colaboração com as empresas para trocar informações e receber feedback de investidores interessados ​​em participar.

INVISTA-COMPRE TERRAS PERTO DE PASO DE LOS TOROS (LOCAL DA NOVA INDUSTRIA DA UPM URUGUAY)

A conferência no Ministério dos Transportes e Obras Públicas (mtop) começou muito cedo. Na quarta-feira à noite o ministro 3 Víctor Rossi chamou cedo ontem -por toda a sua equipa técnica na sede do ministério contra a Matrix Plaza. A agenda tinha apenas um tópico: UPM. É que na tarde de quarta-feira o presidente, Tabaré Vázquez, e todo o gabinete do governo, recebeu a confirmação da empresa finlandesa para avançar a instalação de sua segunda fábrica de celulose.
Agora, o governo é obrigado a acelerar ao máximo a infra-estrutura necessária para permitir o funcionamento da fábrica. "Para nós, a partir de ontem (quarta-feira, 3) o que aconteceu foi uma campainha de alarme", disse o membro do Executivo para a mídia.
Rossi disse que ordenou que todas as suas equipes "para proteger". "Agora ele entra na fase de realização. Tudo estava em discussão deve ser feito, devemos levá-lo ao tribunal", disse ele.

Programas para reparar estradas, fortalecendo a ponte que irá mover o trem, a reforma total do sistema ferroviário entre Paso de los Toros e porto de Montevidéu, a remodelação da área do porto e da criação de dois viadutos para facilitar o trânsito, são alguns dos temas que agora o governo tem que apertar o acelerador para cumprir prazos.
"Eu enviei-os para cada equipes de ministério poeira, se você tivesse qualquer powdering pasta" Rossi disse com uma quota de humor para refletir sua decisão de acelerar tudo o que procedimentos e definições puder.
ministro MTOP disse que a linha férrea está praticamente definido e será anunciado em 15 dias, e as obras de renovação de todo o sistema ferroviário terá nada menos que três anos para ser concluído prazo. Antes de lançar o concurso internacional, o governo resolveu fazer uma sala de dados e outros contatos em estreita colaboração com as empresas para trocar informações e receber feedback de investidores interessados ​​em participar.

 

WEYERHAEUSER TO EXPLORE STRATEGIC ALTERNATIVES FOR ITS URUGUAY TIMBERLANDS AND MANUFACTURING BUSINESS

Weyerhaeuser Company (NYSE: WY) today announced the exploration of strategic alternatives for its timberlands and manufacturing operations in Uruguay. The company intends to consider a broad range of alternatives, including continuing to hold and operate the business, or a sale.

"In Uruguay, Weyerhaeuser has established a high-quality timberlands portfolio supported by value-creating manufacturing operations and a team of dedicated employees," said Doyle R. Simons, president and chief executive officer. "Following our merger with Plum Creek, we are evaluating strategic alternatives for this business to best position it for long-term success and ensure we are maximizing value for our shareholders."

Weyerhaeuser established its operations in Uruguay in 1997. Today, its business there includes over 300,000 acres (120,000 hectares) of timberlands in northeastern and north central Uruguay, as well as a plywood and veneer manufacturing facility, a cogeneration facility, and a seedling nursery.

The review of the Uruguay operations does not guarantee that the company will pursue a transaction, or that a transaction would be completed if initiated.

 

ABOUT WEYERHAEUSER

Weyerhaeuser Company, one of the world's largest private owners of timberlands, began operations in 1900. We own or control more than 13 million acres of timberlands, primarily in the U.S., and manage additional timberlands under long-term licenses in Canada. We manage these timberlands on a sustainable basis in compliance with internationally recognized forestry standards. We are also one of the largest manufacturers of wood and cellulose fibers products. Our company is a real estate investment trust. In February 2016, we merged with Plum Creek Timber Company, Inc. In 2015, Weyerhaeuser and Plum Creek, on a combined basis, generated approximately $8.5 billion in net sales and employed nearly 14,000 people who serve our customers worldwide. We are listed on the Dow Jones World Sustainability Index. Our common stock trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol WY. 

 

UPM moving ahead with plans for new pulp plant in Uruguay

MONTEVIDEO, May 3 (Reuters) - Finnish pulp and paper maker UPM said on Wednesday it is moving ahead with a project to construct what would be its second pulp mill in Uruguay. UPM and the government of Uruguay have been in talks for months over the project, which is expected to cost $4 billion. "We are in agreement with respect to most of the main themes on the negotiation agenda," UPM said in a statement.

INVESTMENT - BUILD LANDS NEAR "CITY PASO DE LOS TOROS" (LOCATION OF THE NEW PULP MILL OF UPM URUGUAY)

The government is negotiating an improvement in road and rail conditions as part of the deal. "The negotiations between the Government of Uruguay and UPM on the development of infrastructure and other requirements for long-term industrial growth in the country have made important progress," UPM's vice president for business development, Jaakko Sarantola, said in the statement.

 

INVEST IN URUGUAY, 10 REASONS.

invest in Uruguay, 10 reasons.

Strong political and social stability

For years the country has shown a strong political and social stability, supported by a consolidated democracy and strong legal certainty. Nowadays, the political system has three major parties which have taken turns in office, always keeping a strong respect for the rules of the game and the essentials of economic activity.This is regarded by investors as a distinguishing feature when it comes to choosing Uruguay as a mainstay for trust generation in business environment.

 

By way of example, Uruguay ranks among the top countries in Latin America (and is well positioned in the world) according to the main rankings prepared by major institutions which gather information on aspects of political stability and democratic soundness. These indicators show that Uruguay is a country with a strong democratic tradition, based on transparent government policy and broad economic freedom.

 

 

 

Macroeconomic soundness

 

Uruguayan economy has achieved the longest period of growth in history, by accumulating 12 years of uninterrupted growth of its GDP - an annual average expansion of 5.4% between 2004 and 2014. This expansion was accompanied by a growth of the GDP per capita, which grew from US$ 10,000 in 2005 to almost US$ 17,000 in 2014. This has allowed Uruguay's economy to stand out as having the highest GDP per capita in Latin America (measured in current USD).

Uruguay has Investment Grade status, which shows the trust in the country’s institutional framework and the conduction of its economic system. The orderly macroeconomic management led S&P (April 2012), Moodys (July 2012) and Fitch Ratings (March 2013) to return the country to Investment Grade (IG).

 

Access to a market with great potential

Uruguay is a gateway to Mercosur. Our free access to Mercosur provides us with access to a market with over 270 million people, which accumulate 56% of Latin America's GDP.

Moreover, with Mercosur and the Free Trade Agreement with Mexico, Uruguay has tariff-free access to a market of 400 million people, which signifies 76% of Latin Americ's GDP, and to a flow of foreign trade that accounts for almost 80% of Latin America's total.

 

Uruguay is positioned as a regional logistics hub, with a remarkable location as regards the wealthiest cities in the region. The free zone, free port and airport and bonded warehouses regulations provide an ideal framework for the setting up of distribution centers to supply goods to said cities.

 

To access Uruguay's international goods, services, state procurement, investments and double taxation agreements you can check International Agreements in our Investor Guide.

 

Attractive schemes for the investor

FDI received by Uruguay reached US$ 2,755 million in 2014. Thus, the last decade had the strongest FDI growth in the history of the country. The IED average, which represents 5,6% of the GDP, makes Uruguay the second largest FDI recipient in South America from a GDP standpoint. 60% of foreign companies' profits were reinvested in our country in the past year.

 

National and foreign investment in Uruguay is declared of national interest by law. Thus, foreign investors are granted the same incentives as local investors and there is no tax discrimination in favor of any of them. No prior authorization or registration is required to operate and there are no limits on transferring capital or profits from foreign investments.

Uruguay grants several incentives to different types of activities, from industrial to commercial and service activities, intended to be performed in the country. Schemes provided for by the Investment Law, free zones, free port and free airport schemes, public-private partnership agreements, industrial parks and temporary admission are some of the main incentive schemes available in the country.

 

For more information on Uruguayan incentive schemes refer to Investment promotional schemes in our Investor Guide.

 

Ease of doing business

 

Uruguay ensures the same treatment to investors and the possibility to operate freely without restrictions on business activities, both in terms of movement of capital and dividends, as well as foreign currency exchange. The country works on providing an appropriate business climate on an ongoing basis and the best facilities for investors. Thus, Uruguay has fostered a number of reforms to materially enhance efficiency and expedite state processes including, but not limited to, Company-in-a-day program, electronic invoicing, electronic signature and international trade one-stop-shop.

 

Modern infrastructure

Uruguay has a top-class port infrastructure in Montevideo, connected to the most dense network of roads across the continent with excellent contacts with neighboring countries. It also has a modern airport, designated as one of the best airports of the world. Uruguayan ports and airports can operate under the free port/free airport scheme, whereby logistics operations, even within value adding and re-exporting processes, can be performed tax free.

Uruguay's outstanding infrastructure is also present in the power supply system, one of the most reliable systems in the world, which is mainly sustained by renewable energy. According to Doing Business 2014, Uruguay ranks 23rd above many more developed countries from an economic standpoint. Something similar happens in the Quality of Electricity Supply ranking conducted by the WEF 2013-2014 in which Uruguay ranks first in Latin America due to the very low frequency with which power outages or voltage fluctuations occur.

 

Leader in technology

Uruguay has the largest Internet penetration and greatest download speed of the region.

 

Uruguay is the most advanced country in Latin America according to the International Telecommunication Union's 2014 Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Development Index. This is also shown by the degree of Internet penetration and by mobile phone users, where our country holds a prominent position in the region.

 

Talent availability

Human Resources in Uruguay are highly competitive due to a combination of several factors, including high quality of basic, technical and university training, flexibility and ease of Uruguayan workers to adapt to new production processes or technologies.

 

The Uruguayan workforce has been showing a steady increase in its ability to master other languages, in particular English.

 

Respect for environment

Uruguay has “Uruguay Natural” as country brand, a positioning strategy that involves showing consumers that Uruguayan products have been produced in the most environmentally friendly way. This shows the country's great responsibility for environmental issues and features an added value for many consumers.

 

50% of the global energy matrix and 90% of the electric matrix in Uruguay will come from renewable energy in 2015, it being the country with the largest share of renewable sources in Latin America. Among other things, this ensures the global stability and sustainability in energy supply and electric bills in the long term.

 

The country is undergoing a process of strong reduction of emissions as a result of the shift in the energy matrix. This, along with other characteristics of the country, derives in products exported by Uruguay causing a low carbon footprint.

 

A country to live in

Montevideo is a peaceful city of 1.5 million inhabitants that, just like Punta del Este, offers excellent living conditions for executives and their families with access to first-class health services and education. More and more foreigners from the northern hemisphere are choosing Uruguay as their place of residence. Montevideo offers the Best Quality of Life in Latin America (Mercer 2014).

 

Residents, whether on business or retired, also enjoy the pleasant climate, the absence of extreme events, the friendly people and a more relaxed and calm pace of life.

 

Uruguay has traditionally had a middle class society, which has been the basis for the educational and social achievements and for its strong social and political stability. Currently, the country has the largest middle class population according to the World Bank and the best income distribution of the region.

 

 

 


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