SCA lodges new environmental permit application for Tunadal sawmill
In Sweden, forest products major Svenska Cellulosa Aktiebolaget (SCA) has revealed that it has submitted an application for a new environmental permit for the Tunadal sawmill. Instead of the currently permitted maximum of 600 000 m3 of solid-wood products per annum, SCA wants to continue expanding the sawmill’s capacity to a maximum of 900 000 m3 per annum. The application also includes new driers, more storage space and the option for onsite energy production.
The new saw line was inaugurated at the Tunadal Sawmill in 2016, and the new planing mill in November 2018. Over the past ten years, SCA has invested more than SEK 1 billion (≈ EUR 95.3 million) in increased production capacity, a higher degree of processing and environmental improvements at Tunadal Sawmill making it one of the largest and most modern sawmills in Sweden.
We have gradually increased production capacity at the Tunadal Sawmill and will soon reach the maximum volume allowed by our current environmental permit. We would now like to be able to continue developing the plant, said Jerry Larsson, President of SCA Wood.
Additional dryer and by-product handling capacity
Production can be increased by utilizing the existing plant more efficiently, but this would require investments in additional drying capacity and more space for handling raw material, finished products, and by-products. Energy generation could also become relevant for the sawmill. At present, bark and dried woodchips are transported to the Ortviken paper mill where they are used for fuel.
A higher rate of production will create more jobs. But exactly when and by how much is difficult to say with any certainty, because we envisage a gradual increase, said Jerry Larsson.
There is enough space for expanded operations. At the sawmill, new land is being established within the embankment that was constructed a few years ago. The new saw line stands on land that was sea just ten years ago, and as the embankment is filled with recycled materials from Östrand and Ortviken, more space will become available for the previously cramped sawmill.