Metsä Fibre files environmental permit application concerning Kemi bioproduct mill on 20 September 2019
Metsä Fibre press release 20.9.2019 7.20 pm
Metsä Fibre has today, on 20 September 2019, filed the environmental permit application concerning the Kemi bioproduct mill with the Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland.
The authority, the Regional State Administrative Agency for Northern Finland, will communicate the application via a public notice. After this, the concerned parties may file statements concerning the application. The permit authority will make a decision on the matter after hearing the applicant in relation to the possible statements. The company expects the bioproduct mill’s environmental permit to be granted in early 2020. The environmental permit is one of the preconditions for a decision to invest in the new bioproduct mill. The final investment decision will be made in the summer of 2020 at the earliest, in which case the bioproduct mill would start up during the first half of the 2020s.
If implemented, the approximately EUR 1.5 billion bioproduct mill planned by Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, would be the largest ever forest industry investment in Finland. The mill’s pulp production capacity would be 1.5 million tonnes a year, in addition to which the mill would also produce other bioproducts. The mill would be built in Metsä Group’s existing mill site in Kemi, Finland, and it would replace the existing pulp mill.
Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director, Metsä Fibre,
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Kaisu Annala, in charge of EIA and environmental permit, Metsä Fibre,
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Anna-Liisa Pennanen, Communications Manager, Metsä Fibre,
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Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, bioenergy and sawn timber. The company’s brand in the pulp business is Botnia, and in sawn timber, it is Nordic Timber. Metsä Fibre is the world’s leading producer of bleached softwood pulp and a major producer of sawn timber. Currently employing approximately 1,200 people, the company’s sales in 2018 totalled EUR 2.5 billion. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.
Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and greaseproof papers.
In 2018, Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.7 billion, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 103,000 Finnish forest owners.