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WHAT KIND OF NEW BIOPRODUCT MILL ARE YOU PLANNING TO BUILD TO KEMI, FINLAND?
We are planning a modern mill, which produces 1,5 million tonnes of softwood and birch pulp annually. The investment would be 1,5 billion euros which stands for the largest investment in the Finnish forest industry history. The new mill would use wood 7,6 million cubic metres per year which is 4,5 million m3 more than the current Kemi pulp mill. The pulp production would increase by 0,9 million tonnes in Kemi.
The bioproduct mill would be the world top regarding to productional, environmental and energy efficiency. The mill would not use any fossil fuels at all and its self-sufficiency in electricity is 250%.
WHY IS THE KEMI MILL THE ONE THAT WILL BE RENEWED NOW?
Kemi mill is the oldest of Metsä Fibre’s four mills. Kemi pulp mill has been modernised in phases, and most of the technology dates back to the 1980s. The pulp mill would have required considerable investments over the next decade. The result of the prefeasibility study carried out between 2018–2019 was that there are all the qualifications to build a new bioproduct mill. The new mill would be significantly larger than the current mill when considering the production capacity, wood use and employment effects.
The starting point is also the globally growing demand of pulp that we want to respond sustainably. We always consider the entire production capacity of Metsä Fibre and investments we make guarantee the forerunner position.
WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?
Now that the prefeasibility study is done, we are progressing the pre-engineering phase of the project. The project includes the pre-engineering, envinronmental impact assessment (EIA), environmental permit process and for example the equipment contracts. Also securing the sustainable availability of wood raw material needs to be done and the logistic solutions for the new mill in both raw material and product transports.
During the prefeasibility study, we specifically investigated the procurement of wood raw material for a completely new bioproduct mill, as well as the development possibilities of Kemi's industrial infrastructure and logistic connections. The entire supply chain from the forest to the mill and from the mill to the customers must operate reliably and cost-effectively.
The pre-engineering project will be followed by an investment decision, after which the construction of the mill would begin immediately in Kemi, Finland. The investment decision will be made at the earliest in the autumn of 2020 and the new mill would be started in the first half of the 2020s.
WHAT IS THE ÄÄNEKOSKI BIOPRODUCT MILL?
Similar to our other mills, the Äänekoski bioproduct mill produces high-quality softwood and birch pulp and also a broad range of other products, such as tall oil, turpentine and bioenergy. In addition, the Äänekoski bioproduct mill produces producer gas, sulphuric acid and biogas.
Possible new products to be manufactured from the side streams of production include textile fibres and lignin products. At the moment, Äänekoski mill has the best potential for their production. We are currently building a textile fibre demo plant to Äänekoski together with the Japanese Itochu.
The Äänekoski bioproduct mill was designed from the very start to enable a wide range of products and further expansion of the bioeconomy system formed by companies that manufacture different bioproducts. Our mill in Äänekoski is the reference for the pre-engineering of the Kemi mill.
WHAT DOES METSÄ GROUP’S KEMI MILLS PRODUCE?
Metsä Fibre’s pulp mill in Kemi produces softwood and birch pulp to be used as raw material for high-quality board and soft tissue. The current production capacity of the Kemi pulp mill is approximately 620,000 tonnes per year, and the mill uses over three million cubic metres of wood per year. The mill’s electricity self-sufficiency rate is over 150 per cent, and the mill employs approximately 1,500 people in its direct value chain in Finland.
Metsä Board’s board mill, located in the same mill integrate with the pulp mill, produces fresh fibre kraftliner to be used as raw material for corrugated consumer and storage packaging. The annual board production capacity, 420,000 tonnes, is very competitive. The capacity and product quality have been improved through planned investments.
HOW CAN YOU PROCURE WOOD SUSTAINABLY?
Metsä Fibre procures only traceable wood, and the certification rate is high, 92%. We ensure the sustainable management and growth of northern forests and foster nature values. We use raw material, water and energy resource-wisely and produce renewable energy from side streams.
The wood we use comes from areas that are rich in forests and in which forest growth exceeds the volume of use. We always know the origin of the wood we procure. Forest certification verified by an external party is a proof of lawful and sustainable use of forests for us and our customers.
WHAT WOULD BE THE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACTS OF THE NEW BIOPRODUCT MILL?
The environmental impacts of the new mill are assessed as a part of the pre-engineering project. The environmental impact assessment (EIA) is carried out and it was closed on 6th of March 2020 with the reasoned conlusion by authority, The Lapland ELY Centre. You can find the press release here
Metsä Fibre delivered the environmental permit application to the Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland September 2019 and updated the application on April 2020.
The energy, material and environmental efficiency of the possible bioproduct mill would be among the best in the world. It will enable the integrated production of new bioproducts and resource-efficient use of the side streams of the industrial process.
For instance, the production capacity of the new bioproduct mill in Äänekoski is nearly three times that of the old pulp mill. However, it does not exceed the emission limits specified in the environmental permit of the previous mill, and it also meets the requirements of the waste water permit. More detailed information about the environmental impact of the Äänekoski bioproduct mill on waters and air quality can be found on the mill website
Despite a significant increase in production, the mill will remain compliant with the environmental permit granted to the previous pulp mill. This is our starting point also at Kemi.
HOW MANY NEW JOBS THE NEW BIOPRODUCT MILL WOULD CREATE IN THE VALUE CHAIN?
The new mill would employ approximately 2,500 people in its entire direct value chain in Finland, of which about 1,500 will be new. The pulp mill itself employs 250 persons at the mill site and the entire Metsä Group’s Kemi mills’ are employs about 500 people at the moment. With the upcoming investment decision of the new mill, these employments are secured for next decades.
The employment impact of the mill’s construction phase is estimated to be close to 10,000 person-years which of half will be made in Kemi.
With the new mill, an increasingly diverse bioeconomy ecosystem would be developed from the Kemi mill site. As well as our Äänekoski mill, Kemi's pre-engineering approach is based on the fact that it enables a broader range of products and an expansion of the ecosystem of companies that produce bioproducts.
WHAT IS THE VALUE OF THE INCREASED EXPORT?
We estimate that the new mill creates for more than half a billion euros income to export value per year, as well as the Äänekoski new mill now when it is running full capacity with the production of 1,3 million tonnes per year. The income effect of the new Kemi mill would be also about half a billion euros a year, as well as in Äänekoski.
Our Äänekoski bioproduct mill is the largest investment in the history of the Finnish forest industry so far, with the 1,2 billion euros.