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KaiCell Fibers to start technical studies for EUR1 billion biorefinery project

KaiCell Fibers has announced that it has entered the full Feasibility Study (FS) stage of its biorefinery project in Paltamo, Finland. The study will determine a complete range of technical and commercial parameters during the first half of 2017, as well as set out the basic facts for an Environmental Impact Assessment process to follow.

KaiCell Fibers Oy, a Finnish venture looking to set up a ≈ EUR 1 billion chemical pulp and fibre products mill in Paltamo, central Finland, has announced that it has entered the full Feasibility Study (FS) stage. The study will determine a complete range of technical and commercial parameters during the first half of 2017, as well as set out the basic facts for an Environmental Impact Assessment process to follow. CTS Engtec Oy has been selected as principal technical partner.

– The KaiCell Fibers venture is very interesting as it holds great potential financially, technologically and of course for the economy of the region. The project is very diverse in nature, as it is in fact very important that mills of this size don’t rely sole on one product. A diversified product range reduces investment risk and offers more ways to develop value-added processes onsite, said Antti Lukka, Managing Director, CTS Engtec in a statement.

Though details about the final product range have yet to be made, the baseline product will be bleached sulphate pulp. The intention is to gradually reduce sales of market pulp as further processed bio-products require more and more of the pulping capacity as feedstock.

The mill will rely on Best Available Technology (BAT) based solutions for all known and existing processes. Where new technology is applied, it will be done in close cooperation with world leading companies in respective fields.

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