Metsä Fibre planning second phase of site work for new bioproduct mill

Espoo, Finland - Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, completed preparatory work of the Kemi bioproduct mill at site earlier this year and an investment decision is slated to be made as soon as summer 2020.

First phase preparatory work of the pre-engineering project began in July 2019 with a purpose to ensure quick start of the construction works after the investment decision. Planning for the next phase of the preparatory work on the mill site is underway. In the second phase, among others, more buildings will be demolished at the mill site and some service operations will be relocated.

If the Metsä Group’s bioproduct mill in Kemi goes forward, it would be the most efficient wood-processing plant in the Northern hemisphere and once it is in operation, the existing old pulp mill would be shut down. With a value of around EUR 1.5 billion, the bioproduct mill would be Finland’s forest industry’s history largest investment.

Efficient in terms of the environment, energy and materials, the mill would operate entirely without fossil fuels and produce annually 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and birch pulp among other bioproducts. Its wood consumption would be 7.6 million cubic metres per year. The new mill would have a significant impact on the Finnish national economy: it would employ around 2,500 people throughout its direct value chain in Finland, including 1,500 new jobs.

The main part of the first preparatory work completed includes small excavation works, cutting down trees, demolition of buildings and re-routing of existing mill area electrical and pipeline connections. In total, 21 unused old buildings with an area of approximately 50,000 square metres were demolished at the mill site in Sahansaari area.

The free space would be needed as construction camp space during the construction of the bioproduct mill and that area will later be used for the wood processing area and chip piles when the mill is completed.

The company said that the site work is progressing as expected and work in progress includes equipment negotiations and environmental permitting. The project organization has been strengthened so that now 31 Metsä Group employees are working on the pre-engineering project.


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