Kemi Polar King, ​Background & progress of the project

Background & progress of the project


Renewal of Kemi pulp mill is at the prefeasibility study stage. The objective of the prefeasibility study is to investigate the options of either building a new bioproduct mill or modernising the old mill.

Renewal of Metsä Fibre’s Kemi pulp mill is at the prefeasibility study stage. The objective of our prefeasibility study is to investigate the building of a modern bioproduct mill with energy, material and environmental efficiency among the best in the world.

The Kemi mill is the oldest of our four pulp mills. It is now time to either modernise the old mill or replace it with a new one. Kemi pulp mill has been modernised in phases, and most of the technology dates back to the 1980s. The pulp mill will require considerable investments over the next decade.

Replacing the current pulp mill with a bioproduct mill

Polar King, • replacing the current pulp mill with a bioproduct mill

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 softwood and hardwood pulp 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 our Kemi 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.

During the prefeasibility study, we analyse whether the supply of wood raw material is sufficient for a completely new bioproduct mill. In addition to the availability of wood, the final decision is affected by successful establishment of efficient raw material and product logistics. The entire supply chain from forest to mill and from mill to customers must run reliably and cost-efficiently. Therefore, our prefeasibility study surveys the needs and possibilities to develop the industrial infrastructure of Kemi as well as logistics connections on land, in the port and at sea..

The options: a new bioproduct mill or mill modernisation

Polar King, the options: a new bioproduct mill or modernisation of the old mill

There are two options for the renewal of the Kemi pulp mill. The primary option is a new bioproduct mill that is clearly larger in terms of production capacity, consumption of wood raw material and impact on employment compared with the current mill. The bioproduct mill’s self-sufficiency in electricity would be considerably raised from the current level and the bioproduct range would be expanded.

The second option is to extend the life cycle of the current mill by modernising a number of departments, keeping the production capacity unchanged. The current production capacity is 620,000 tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp per year, and wood consumption is three million cubic metres per year..

The prefeasibility study will be completed in summer 2019

Polar King, the prefeasibility study will be completed in summer 2019

We launched the Kemi pulp mill prefeasibility study in May 2018, and it will run until summer 2019. During the prefeasibility study phase, we will arrange information events that are open for the public. The first event will be held in Kemi in June and the second in December 2018. Please see the News section for more information about the events.

On the basis of the completed prefeasibility study, we will choose the better solution of the two. Once the prefeasibility study is completed, we will decide on the initiation of possible EIA and environmental permit procedures. The building process of the mill and its schedule will also be at a more detailed level following the prefeasibility study.

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