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Metsä Fibre holds foundation stone ceremony for Kemi bioproduct mill

In Finland, Metsä Fibre, part of the forest industry major Metsä Group, has held a foundation stone ceremony in Kemi marking the construction phase of Metsä Fibre Kemi Bioproduct mill. On account of coronavirus (COVID-19) restrictions, the ceremony was held digitally and performed on-site without the presence of external guests.

Metsä Fibre Kemi bioproduct mill project is progressing according to plan and the mill’s foundation stone was laid on September 13, 2021 in the area of fibre line of the new mill by Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre, Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director of the Kemi bioproduct mill project, and Mika Vuoti, the on-site contact person (photo courtesy Metsä Group).

Totalling EUR 1.6 billion, the investment in Metsä Group’s Kemi bioproduct mill is the largest in the history of the Finnish forest industry. Through its direct value chain, the new bioproduct mill will employ around 2 500 people in Finland once it is completed.

This translates into some 1 500 more than the employment effect of the current Kemi pulp mill. The bioproduct mill project has a high degree of Finnish origin, approximately 70 percent.

The impact of this large-scale industrial investment is significant. The Kemi bioproduct mill will increase Finland’s annual exports by around EUR 0.5 billion and its annual positive income effect through the value of the wood raw material and the purchasing of Finnish labour is likewise roughly EUR 0.5 billion, said Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre.

During the construction phase, the bioproduct mill’s employment effect will be approximately 10 000 person-years, more than half of which will be seen in Kemi. The total number of employees working during the construction phase is estimated to be about 15 000.

We are proceeding purposefully towards the start-up of the new mill in the third quarter of 2023. At the moment, the project is focused on earthworks and this autumn, we will be moving on to the first equipment installations. Some 450 people are currently working on the site, said Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director.

To be operated entirely without fossil fuels, the Kemi bioproduct mill will produce annually some 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp, as well as many other bioproducts. It will also produce 2.0 TWh of renewable energy a year, which is equal to approximately 2.5 percent of Finland’s total annual electricity production.

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