Environmental, Water and Exceptional Permit Granted to the Biorefinery


Posted on 2019-06-20 10:55:46 CEST.

The Regional Administrative Agency of Northern Finland (PsAVI) has made a decision on Boreal Bioref Ltd.s environmental and water management permit. PsAVI has announced the decision on 14 June 2019.

The terms of environmental permit regarding emissions to waterways and air are very strict. However, on preliminary examination, it can be stated that the conditions imposed do not prevent the construction of the biorefinery. The company will further review the permit conditions in more detail and ensure with the equipment suppliers, among other things, the possible additional design needs and changes in production processes.

The company will announce the final investment decision later after reviewing the above-mentioned permits, further planning, contract competitive tendering and after the finalized equipment delivery and installation contracts. The exact time of the investment decision cannot be announced, but we will return to it later this year.

Meanwhile, the company applied for an exceptional permit to start the construction work. PsAVI made an affirmative decision in accordance with the application.
Boreal Bioref Ltd. builds a biorefinery in Kemijärvi with a production capacity of 500,000 tons of versatile bio-products. The mill produces long-fibre bleached and unbleached pulp, dissolved pulp, microcrystalline cellulose (MCC), C5 and C6 sugars, electricity twice as much as its own need, biogas, pine oil, turpentine and granulated soil improvement substances. The procured raw material will be fully utilized, and the mill fulfils maximumly the modern requirements of the circular economy.

The refinery uses 2.8 million cubic meters of wood raw material per year of which about 0.5 million m³ is saw chips from local sawmills. The company has eight contracts for raw material procurement and the raw material is procured efficiently and in an environmentally friendly manner from the mill's near-by areas, avoiding long transport routes. The production plant is amid fast growing and young forests in need of thinning, further improving the biorefinery's supply of raw materials. The proportion of young and mature forests in the company's procurement area is over 70% of the forest area. The timely thinning ensures the reinforcement of the woods consequently increasing the log proportion in the future. Increasing the proportion of logs ensures the supply of raw materials and development opportunities for, inter alia, glued laminated timber, semi-finished products, and other further processed products. Because the products arising from the sawmill will be used, for instance, for house building, furniture, and other targets of long usage, the increasing usage of log will raise the carbon stock in comparison to its current state when it comes to the felling of timber.
20.3% of the forests in Boreal Bioref Ltd.'s raw material procurement area have been protected. The percentage of protection is very high and meets, for example, the protection requirements of environmental organizations.

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Heikki Nivala
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