5 April, 2017
Finnpulp receives environmental permit for the world's largest softwood pulp mill
The Regional State Administrative Agency has granted the environmental permit for Finnpulp's bioproduct plant, which is to be built in Sorsasalo, Kuopio, and the wastewater treatment facility connected to the plant.
The environmental permit defines the terms for the pulp plant's operation in the production phase, as well as for pipeline installation work and changes made to the shore line during the construction phase.
Production is planned to start in 2020, and the plant's annual production capacity will be 1.2 million tons of softwood pulp. Additionally, the plant will produce other bioproducts, including 60,000 tons of tall oil and 1.5 TWh of bioelectricity per year. 1 TWh of the electricity will be fed into the national grid.
Finnpulp considers the terms of the permit to be strict. The authorities have further tightened the low levels presented in the company's permit application, which already met the EU's best practice requirements for the industry. Finnpulp will carefully contemplate how to achieve the permit terms.
Once Finnpulp's project is completed, it will be the world's largest softwood pulp plant. In the project phase, the employment effect of the 1.4 billion euro facility investment is 5,700 full-time work years. The bioproduction plant, once completed, will create 1,500 new permanent jobs in Northern Savonia and 3,400 in the national value chain. Once production starts, 200 people will work in the plant area. The plant will use 6.7 million cubic metres of raw wood material per year.