In the case of the first option, the current pulp mill would be completely replaced with a new bioproduct mill. Compared to the current mill, the new mill would be clearly larger in terms of production capacity, consumption of wood raw material and impact on employment. The self-sufficiency in electricity would be considerably raised and the bioproduct range would be expanded.
The second option would involve extending the life cycle of the current mill by modernising several departments and maintaining production capacity and wood consumption largely unchanged.
"The technical age of the Kemi pulp mill is about 30 years. Now it is right time for the prefeasibility study and after that make a decision for the renewal of Kemi pulp mill” says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre.
The prefeasibility study examines, in particular, the availability of wood raw material and the development potential of Kemi's industrial infrastructure and logistic connections. The study phase is expected to continue until the summer of 2019, when decisions on a possible launch of the environmental impact assessment (EIA) and environmental permit procedures would be made. The prefeasibility study is led by Timo Merikallio, who was responsible for the planning and construction of Metsä Fibre’s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski.