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The EIA procedure for the Kemijärvi biorefinery continues
Boreal Bioref Oy started preparing the EIA (Environmental Impact Assessment) report in the beginning of June 2016. The company chose Sweco Oy as the consultant. Boreal Bioref submitted the EIA programme to the Lapland Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (Lapland ELY Centre) at the end of August, and the ELY Centre will announce the EIA programme on 9 September 2016.
The EIA programme will be on public display until 10 October 2016. At the same time, the ELY Centre will announce that a public event concerning the investment programme and the EIA programme will be held on Tuesday 13 September 2016 at 18:00 at the address Heralampi Business Service Centre, Salorantie 1, 98310 Kemijärvi.
The Kemijärvi biorefinery has been in planning for around three years. A preliminary report of the project was prepared in 2013, and a Preliminary Feasibility Study (PFS) was completed by the end of 2015. The plans have shown the project to be highly profitable. The refinery will be located in the area of the closed pulp mill of Stora Enso (the Patokangas industrial area), immediately to the north of the production facilities of Keitele Group Oy.
According to the plan, the EIA report, the required environmental and water permits and the more detailed technical design will be completed by the end of 2017. Construction will begin in the beginning of 2018, and production will start in 2020.
The planned biorefinery is a flexible and modern production plant that is around 1.5 times self-sufficient with energy. The production is versatile, and for the first time in Finland, the production can be flexibly adjusted according to demand. The Kemijärvi biorefinery placed in a shared second place in the international biorefinery competition arranged in 2014 by the Ministry of Employment and the Economy.
The EIA will be made according to an annual production of 500,000 t. Biorefinery production:
- long fibre market pulp;
- dissolved cellulose;
- MCC, microcrystalline cellulose*;
- C5 and C6 sugars;
- gas and soil improvement substances;
- electricity and heat; and
- pine oil and other side-stream products from pine
*MCC, microcrystalline cellulose, is currently used only by the medical industry (as a drug carrier) due to its high price. The Aalto University has developed a new method (AaltoCell™) for the production of MCC, allowing a significant reduction in production costs. This allows MCC to be used, for example, as an ingredient in fodder for poultry, ruminants and fish. Boreal Bioref Oy and the Aalto University have an agreement concerning the AaltoCell™ patent, allowing the company to start producing MCC.
More information Heikki Nivala
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