Project Engineering for Metsä Group's Bioproduct Mill in Kemi to Begin in August 2020
If implemented, the new Kemi bioproduct mill would replace the current mill (pictured above) and would operate entirely without fossil fuels and produce 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and birch pulp and many other bioproducts annually.
June 24, 2020 - The project engineering for Metsä Fibre's bioproduct mill project in Kemi, Finland will start at the beginning of August 2020. This means the detailed engineering of the mill's technology, civil construction, MEI installations and commissioning, as well as preparation for the project's construction phase.
The engineering work will be carried out in cooperation with the selected four main implementation partners: Valmet, ABB, AFRY and Fimpec.
Metsä Fibre has signed preliminary contracts that are conditional for the investment decision. Contract with Valmet covers the main equipment and automation of the mill and with ABB the electrical systems. The preliminary contract with AFRY includes project management and engineering services, and the preliminary agreement with Fimpec covers the construction services of the mill.
From the beginning of August, more than 400 people, including around 50 Metsä Group employees, will be working in the project engineering organisation. Up until now, around 40 Metsä Group and Botnia Mill Service employees have been involved in the bioproduct mill's pre-engineering.
"The Kemi bioproduct mill project is proceeding as planned and according the schedule, we will start project engineering at the beginning of August. This is an important step towards the investment decision and construction of the mill. For example, the project organisation expand as required," says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director at Metsä Fibre.
Prerequisites for the EUR 1,5 billion investment decision are estimated to be fulfilled in the autumn of 2020 after the environmental permit process is completed.
In addition to the environmental permit process, the bioproduct mill project is currently being progressed through financing negotiations and the development of the logistics needed for the new mill.
Second-phase preparatory work is already ongoing in the mill area in Kemi to ensure the smooth start of the construction phase of the bioproduct mill immediately after the investment decision has been made. The second-phase preparatory work in the mill area includes for example test pilings.
The planning of the new bioproduct mill is based on a high degree of environmental, energy and material efficiency. If implemented, the mill will be built using the best available techniques (BAT) and even more advanced techniques, such as the sulphuric acid plant and the bark gasification. The bioproduct mill will not use any fossil fuels at all, and its electricity self-sufficiency rate will be 250%.
The bioproduct mill's annual use of pulpwood, mainly procured from Finland, will be around 7.6 million cubic metres per year, which is 4.5 million cubic metres more than the existing pulp mill uses annually.
Metsä Fibre, part of the Metsä Group, is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy. Metsä Fibre produces pulp and other bioproducts at four mills in Finland: Joutseno, Kemi, Rauma and Äänekoski; and also has six sawmills: Kyrö, Lappeenranta, Merikarvia, Renko and Vilppula (in Finland) and in addition, Metsä Svir sawmill in Russia. For further information visit: www.metsafibre.com.
SOURCE: Metsä Fibre