ESPOO, Finland, May 8, 2019 (Press Release) -Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has launched an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) procedure related to a bioproduct mill planned in Kemi, Finland. Today, 8th May 2019, Metsä Fibre provided the EIA programme in accordance with the EIA Act to the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Lapland (ELY Centre).
The EIA procedure will address the environmental impacts of the bioproduct mill planned for the existing mill site of Metsä Group in Kemi. The results of the EIA will be taken into account in the ongoing mill design and related decisions. No decisions of the bioproduct mill project will be made in the EIA procedure but its goal is to provide information to support decision-making and to increase citizens' information supply and opportunities to participate.
The ELY Centre in Lapland will make the EIA program prepared by Metsä Fibre available to the public for submitting opinions and statements for 30 days. During the 30 days the evaluation programme can be reviewed on the internet at www.ymparisto.fi/keminbiotuotetehdasYVA and at:
- Lapland ELY Centre, Valtakatu 28, Kemi
- Kemi city hall, Valtakatu 26
- Kemi library, Marina Takalon katu 3
- Keminmaa town hall, Rantatie 21
- Keminmaa main library, Väylätie 6.
A public communication and discussion forum will take place on Wednesday 22 May 2019 from 5.30 pm to 8 pm at the Digipolis at Tietokatu 3, Kemi.
The bioproduct mill planned by Metsä Fibre will, if implemented, cost EUR 1.5 billion, and it would be the forest industry's largest investment in Finland. The mill would produce bioproducts and the pulp production capacity would be 1.5 million tonnes per year. The goal is to build the mill in the existing mill site and it would replace the current pulp mill. The final investment decision will be made earliest at the summer 2020 and the bioproduct mill could be operational in the early 2020s.
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 cooking 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.