“The prefeasibility study will be finalised by next summer. So far, no such issues have come up that would prevent us from entering the predesign phase of the primary option of building a new bioproduct mill, as planned, in the autumn of 2019,” says Project Director Timo Merikallio at Metsä Fibre.
The prefeasibility study will define whether the current mill in Kemi will be modernised or replaced with an entirely new bioproduct mill. The focus of the study is on the availability of wood raw material, and on development needs and prospects for local industrial infrastructure and logistical connections. Compared to the current mill, the estimated annual wood consumption of a new bioproduct mill would double. Also, the capacity of the road and rail connections and the Kemi port need to be increased.
“Our aim is to ensure that the entire supply chain from the forest to the mill and onwards to the customer is reliable and cost-effective,” concluded Jari Voutilainen, SVP, Corporate Affairs at Metsä Group.