Metsä Group to Begin EIA Procedure for Proposed Bioproduct Mill in Finland

May 15, 2014 - Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has launched an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure related to a bioproduct mill planned in Äänekoski, Finland. Yesterday, 14 May 2014, the company provided the Central Finland ELY centre (Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment) with an EIA programme in accordance with the EIA Act.

The EIA procedure will address the environmental impact of the bioproduct mill planned for the existing mill area of Metsä Group in Äänekoski, and consistently taking the impact into account in planning and decision-making. The EIA procedure will not make any decisions concerning the project, but its goal is to provide information to support decision-making and to increase citizens' information supply and their opportunities to participate.

The EIA programme drawn up by Metsä Fibre will be available to the public for views and statements during 19 May – 18 June 2014 at the ELY centre of Central Finland, at the town hall of Äänekoski, as well as at the town hall of Jyväskylä and Laukaa. A public communication and discussion meeting will take place on 22 May 2014 from 6 pm to 8 pm EET at the council hall of the town of Äänekoski.

The bioproduct mill planned by Metsä Fibre will, if implemented, cost about EUR 1.1 billion, and it would be the forest industry's largest investment ever in Finland. The mill's pulp production capacity is 1.3 million tonnes per year. The goal is to build the mill in the existing pulp mill area and it would replace the mill currently operating in the area. The final investment decision on the mill construction will be made in early 2015, which means that the bioproduct mill could be operational in 2017.

SOURCE: Metsä Fibre