Metsä Fibre launches EIA procedure for planned Kemi bioproduct mill in Finland
Metsä Fibre, part of forest industry major Metsä Group, has launched an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure related to a bioproduct mill planned in Kemi, Finland. On May 8, 2019, Metsä Fibre provided the EIA programme in accordance with the EIA Act to the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Lapland (ELY Centre) in Kemi.
As recently announced, Metsä Fibre has begun pre-engineering projects related to the possibility of building a new bioproduct mill in Kemi. The EIA procedure will address the environmental impacts of the proposed bioproduct mill planned at the existing mill site of Metsä Group in Kemi.
The results of the EIA will be taken into account in the ongoing mill design and related decisions. No decisions of the bioproduct mill project will be made in the EIA procedure but its goal is to provide information to support the decision-making process and to increase citizens’ information supply and opportunities to participate.
The ELY Centre in Lapland will make the EIA programme prepared by Metsä Fibre available to the public for submitting opinions and statements for 30 days. During this 30 day period, the evaluation programme can be reviewed online or at a number of public locations in Kemi including the city hall and main library as well as at the Lapland ELY Centre.
A public “communication and discussion” forum will also take place on May 22, 2019.
The bioproduct mill planned by Metsä Fibre will, if implemented, cost EUR 1.5 billion, and it would be the forest industry’s largest investment in Finland. The mill would produce bioproducts and the pulp production capacity would be 1.5 million tonnes per year.
The goal is to build the mill in the existing mill site and it would replace the current pulp mill. The final investment decision will be made earliest at the summer 2020 and the bioproduct mill could be operational in the early 2020s.