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EIA process concluded for Metsä Fibre's planned Kemi bioproduct mill

In Finland, the Lapland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) has issued its reasoned conclusion on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report concerning Metsä Fibre Oy's Kemi bioproduct mill thereby concluding the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). Serving as the responsible authority, the ELY Centre deems the report to be adequate in terms of its quality and to meet the content requirements pursuant to the Environmental Impact Assessment Act.

In Finland, the Lapland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (ELY Centre) has issued its reasoned conclusion on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report concerning the Kemi bioproduct mill of Metsä Fibre thereby concluding the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). An artist’s rendering of Metsä Fibre’s planned bioproduct mill adjacent to its existing pulp mill in Kemi, northern Finland (image courtesy Metsä Fibre).

The reasoned conclusion includes a description of the project and its environmental impact. The next step for Metsä Fibre, the bioenergy, sawmill, pulp and paper subsidiary of Finnish forest industry major Metsä Group, is to study the content of the reasoned conclusion in detail. The EIA report and the reasoned conclusion constitute part of the EIA procedure, which is part of the bioproduct mill’s environmental permit process.

Metsä Fibre filed the environmental permit application with the Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland in September 2019. The environmental permit application will be updated on the basis of the reasoned conclusion.

According to Metsä Fibre, the bioproduct mill’s ongoing pre-engineering project is proceeding according to the plan. In addition to the environmental permit process the project currently focuses on the preparatory work at the Kemi mill site, main equipment negotiations, financing negotiations and the development of the logistics required by the new mill.

The environmental permit is a prerequisite for the mill’s EUR 1.5 billion investment decision, which will be made in the summer of 2020 at the earliest. The mill’s construction in Kemi, Finland would begin after the investment decision.

The starting point for the planning of the new bioproduct mill is environmental, energy and material efficiency. The mill would not use any fossil fuels, and its electricity self-sufficiency rate would be 250%. Following its start-up, the new bioproduct mill would replace the existing Kemi pulp mill, which would be closed down and recycled after the new mill has started up.

Metsä Fibre successfully completed a similar billion EUR project when it replaced its pulp mill in Äänekoski with a new build bioproduct mill that reached full capacity in August 2018.

About Metsä Fibre

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. Metsä Fibre is the world’s leading producer of bleached softwood pulp and a major producer of sawn timber.

Currently employing approximately 1 300 people, the company’s sales in 2019 totalled EUR 2.2 billion. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.

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