500,000 tons of bio materials and bio-chemicals per year

Basic products and innovative special products

New product materials from wood in an environmentally friendly manner

Adhering to BAT principles minimises the environmental impact
At the Kemijärvi bio-refinery, outdated technologies have been replaced with cleantech solutions, that follow BAT principles (Best Available Technology). This enables industrial production with a minimal environmental footprint.  This contributes to reducing the overall pressures on our natural resources.

Circular economy saves natural resources
The refinery operates within a circular economy and everything that is possible to recycle is done so, either within the refinery's own production process, or through external partners.

In addition to traditional bleached softwood kraft pulp, the single-line bio-refinery is also designed to produce other top-grade products, such as dissolving pulp and sugars from side streams. These sugars can ultimately be used to replace fossil plastics and cotton in an environmentally friendly and renewable manner. However, the production of these materials also consumes a great deal of water and this is why the water conservation and management aspects of the operations need to be highly prioritised. Whilst, a fully closed water circulation process is not yet possible, the exhaust water will be treated using the latest know-how in environmental technologies, which put the bio-refinery in a class of its own in terms of water management.

In the spirit of recycling, the bio-refinery also refines its waste and sludge into valuable products. Wastes is refined into biogas, which, for example, can be used in raw material logistics to the bio-refinery, etc.  The sludge is converted into soil conditioner that can be applied in the more actively managed regional forests.

Finally, the production processes are also more than self-sufficient in terms of energy, as it produces substantially more electricity and heat than it requires. This surplus energy is converted into electricity that is sold to the regional grid.

Production capacity and strategy

500,000 tons of bio-materials and bio-chemicals per year. Thanks to the single-line production design of the envisaged bio-refinery, the output mix of products can be flexibly adjusted to appropriately reflect market demand conditions at any given point in time.

As such, the bio-refinery will manufacture both basic established products that are in high demand, as well as more innovative and higher margin specialist products. These products include:

Traditional products

• Dissolving pulp

 Long fibre market pulp

 Electricity

Innovative products

• Microcrystalline cellulose, MCC

• C5- and C6 sugars

• Pine oil and turpentine

• Bioenergy

• Soil improvement substances

 

Bioenergy
C5 and C6 sugars
Dissolved cellulose
Soil improvement substances
Microcrystalline cellulose, MCC
Pine oil and turpentine
Long fibre market pulp