FINLAND (News release) -- The Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland has granted environmental and water supply permits to the Kemi bioproduct mill of Metsä Fibre. The environmental permit defines the limit values for the emissions of the new mill.
The environmental permit has been received and now it will be analyzed in more detail. According to current estimate it is possible to reach a decision on the investment to the Kemi bioproduct mill in early 2021.
The planning of the bioproduct mill is based on a high degree of environmental, material and energy efficiency. Despite the clearly increased production, the new bioproduct mill would stay below the emission limits of the currently valid environmental permit for the existing Kemi pulp mill.
The bioproduct mill would be built according to the Best Available Technology (BAT) principle and, in part, using even more advanced technology, for example, at the wastewater treatment plant and the sulphuric acid plant. The investment of the bioproduct mill would be Euro 1.5 billion and the construction of the new mill would take approximately two and a half years.
The bioproduct mill would produce 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp per year, as well as many other bioproducts. The mill would not use any fossil fuels, and its power self-sufficiency rate would be high, 250%. This would further strengthen Metsä Group's position as a major electricity producer relying on renewable Finnish fuels.
Metsä Fibre is the world's leading producer of bleached softwood pulp and a major producer of sawn timber. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.