Finland headed forest industry major Metsä Group has announced that its next-generation bioproduct mill in Äänekoski, Finland came into operation as planned on Tuesday, August 15 at 6:00 AM. Pulp deliveries from the new mill to customers will begin in early September 2017. The construction project was carried out as planned, in accordance with its schedule and its EUR 1.2 billion budget.
According to a statement, the existing old pulp mill in Äänekoski was shut down before the bioproduct mill started up and the dismantling of the old mill is currently in progress.
The bioproduct mill will achieve its nominal production capacity of 1.3 million tonnes of pulp approximately a year after start-up. The mill will produce 1.3 million tonnes of pulp per year, along with other bioproducts such as tall oil and turpentine.
New bioproducts that already complement the product concept include product gas from bark, sulphuric acid from the mill’s odorous gases, and biogas and biofuel pellets from sludge.
With this new bioproduct mill Äänekoski’s industrial ecosystem is developing and growing, and the mill will be a platform for the production of new bioproducts. Several processes and product paths are being actively studied. The most important new bioproduct development projects are lignin products, textile fibres, and biocomposites.