Finland’s Metsa starts new 1.2 billion EUR bioproduct mill
Metsä Group’s next-generation bioproducts mill in Äänekoski came into operation as planned on Tuesday, 15 August 2017. Pulp deliveries from the new mill to customers will begin in early September 2017. The construction project was carried out as planned, in accordance with its schedule and its EUR 1.2 billion budget.
The bioproduct mill will achieve its nominal capacity approximately a year after start-up. The mill will produce 1.3 million tonnes of pulp per year, along with other bioproducts such as tall oil and turpentine. New bioproducts that already complement the product concept include product gas from bark, sulphuric acid from the mill’s odorous gases, and biogas and biofuel pellets from sludge.
With this new bioproduct mill Äänekoski’s industrial ecosystem is developing and growing, and the mill will be a platform for production of new bioproducts. Several processes and product paths are being actively studied. The most important new bioproduct development projects are lignin products, textile fibres, and biocomposites.
Without any doubt, the plant is set to make Metsa the world’s largest seller of softwood pulp ahead of Sweden’s Sodra, Canada’s Canfor Corp and Mercer International.
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