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Metsä Fibre and Gasum agree on cooperation concerning Äänekoski biogas plant in Finland

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Metsä Fibre and Gasum agree on cooperation concerning Äänekoski biogas plant in Finland

December 03, 2021 - 04:34
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ESPOO, Finland, Dec. 2, 2021 (Press Release) -Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, and Gasum have agreed on cooperation concerning biogas processing at the biogas plant operating as part of Metsä Fibre’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill. Metsä Fibre will be in charge of the plant’s overall operations, while Gasum will see to the daily remote operation and maintenance of biogas processing. Gasum will purchase the biogas produced at the plant for use as transport fuel.

“The biogas plant’s task is to further process the sludge resulting from pulp production to obtain products of higher added value. In cooperation with Gasum, we will be able to process biogas produced at the plant and convert it into transport fuel. Safety and sustainability are key values to both companies, which is why I’m extremely pleased about our cooperation with Gasum,” says Kaija Pehu-Lehtonen, Senior Vice President, Business Development, from Metsä Fibre.

The cooperation will not cause changes to the biogas plant’s ownership: it will remain under the ownership of Metsä Fibre.

“It’s great to be cooperating with Metsä Fibre in biogas production. The demand for renewable biogas continues to increase, and it’s by far the best way to reduce the emissions of heavy traffic, for example. The significance of biogas in reducing transport emissions is well known. We want to increase our biogas supply, and this cooperation will help us boost the availability of biogas in our network of gas filling stations,” says Ari Suomilammi, Director, Biogas Production, from Gasum.

The Äänekoski biogas plant produces biogas and biopellets from the wood-based sludge from Metsä Group's Äänekoski bioproduct mill. Biopellets are used for energy production at power plants.

Metsä Group

Metsä Group is leading the way in advancing the bioeconomy. We invest in growth, bioproduct development and a fossil free future. The raw material for our products is renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. We focus on the growth sectors of the forest industry: wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards, as well as tissue and greaseproof papers. 

Metsä Group’s annual sales amount to approximately EUR 5.5 billion, and we have around 9,200 employees in 30 countries. Our international Group has its roots in the Finnish forests: our parent company is Metsäliitto Cooperative which is owned by 100,000 forest owners. 

Metsä Fibre

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. We are the world’s largest producer of softwood market pulp and a globally significant manufacturer of sawn timber. There is a growing demand for our high-quality products, as renewable wood provides a responsible alternative to fossil-based materials.

In 2020 our sales totalled approximately EUR 1.8 billion, and we have around 1,300 employees. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.