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Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction (DHIC) and its subsidiary and consortium partner Doosan Lentjes have been awarded the turnkey contract to supply a new waste-to-energy (WtE) plant in Olsztyn, Poland. It is the first joint WtE project between the Korean EPC company and its German engineering technology subsidiary. The new plant will be based on Doosan Lentjes’ proven water-cooled counter-reciprocating grate and boiler as well as flue gas cleaning technology.

Contracted by the plant owner and operator, Dobra Energia dla Olsztyna, the consortium will deliver the entire one-line plant including combustion grate, boiler and dry Circoclean flue gas cleaning, and Selective Catalytic Reduction (SCR). Furthermore, civil works and two gas-fired peak load boilers (PLB) along with site management will be part of the supply.

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Commenting on the project, Gerhard Lohe, Product Director Waste-to-Energy at Doosan Lentjes, says: “This project is the first waste-to-energy plant that DHIC and Doosan Lentjes are executing together. It proves that international EPC experience in large-scale plant construction projects as well as a rich heritage and competence in modern WtE technology is a strong combination of capabilities that meets the demands of the industry. Customers can therefore expect an interface-optimized delivery of the project from one source. Our two companies can look back on many years of experience in the execution of large, but also smaller power plant projects all over the world. The joint entry into the global WtE market now represents the next step in the exploitation of synergy effects within the Group.”

Co-funded by the EU, the plant will meet all European requirements with regard to recycling and disposal, while, at the same time, complying with the emission limits according to the new BREF documents (Best Available Techniques Reference).

The new plant, scheduled to be completed in 2023, will be capable of processing up to 110,000 tons of refused derived fuel (RDF) per year produced by the citizens of the greater Olsztyn area. Covering roughly 30% of the district heating demand in the region, the new plant will help to compensate for the heat loss that will accompany the closure of the local coal-fired Michelin power plant in the near future. This will ensure a continuously reliable and secure supply of district heating to the local citizens. At the same time, using the energy contained in the waste offers a sustainable alternative to fossil fuels. In addition, the thermal treatment of the waste makes it possible to reduce the landfill space required.

Commenting on the project, Mariusz Marciniak, Director for Central and Eastern Europe, says: “The new plant in Olsztyn will be a milestone in improving the waste management infrastructure in Poland. It is the eighth plant of this type to be built in the country and it is crucial for achieving the objectives of the EU waste hierarchy. This hierarchy gives priority to energy recovery from waste over simple landfill and, thus, requires the energy potential of solid waste to be harnessed. One of the eight plants, the one in Krakow, was built with the involvement of Doosan Lentjes as technology provider for both grate and boiler. The plant benefits from the technological experience of Doosan Lentjes and has been reliably converting municipal waste from the Krakow region into energy since 2013. Doosan Lentjes will apply the experience gained in Krakow to the second project recently won on the Polish market to the benefit of the customer and final client, the local energy provider, MPEC Olsztyn.”

Doosan Heavy Industries & Construction is a leading EPC contractor offering a wide range of services ranging from the manufacturing of castings and forgings, power generation systems to the construction of power plants.

Doosan Lentjes is a specialist in the delivery of proven and reliable waste-to-energy technology, converting millions of tonnes of waste into valuable energy every year. This helps customers all over the world reduce their waste volumes and simultaneously provide a sustainable energy source.      

Doosan Lentjes GmbH

Doosan Lentjes is a global supplier of processes and technologies for steam and power generation from both sustainable and conventional fuels. Our specific areas of expertise include key technologies for energy recovery from waste, sewage sludge incineration, circulating fluidised bed boilers and flue gas cleaning systems. For more than 90 years, we have been pioneering innovative energy solutions and convert millions of tons of waste into valuable energy every year.

Doosan Lentjes is part of a powerful combination of companies united under the Doosan Group to deliver complementary technologies, skills and value to customers the world over.

Doosan Lentjes was awarded the contract by DHE (Dinslakener Holz-Energiezentrum) to build the lot 1 of the new wood combustion plant, located in Dinslaken. The order comprises the turnkey delivery, installation and commissioning of two incineration lines on a chute-to-stack basis. Start-up is expected to be in mid of 2023.

Once in operation, the new plant will thermally treat about 200,000 tons of waste wood (class l-lll) per year. Applying effective incineration technology will ensure that the maximum of the climate-friendly energy contained in the wood is harnessed to generate sustainable electricity and heat. This will reduce the share of fossil fuels required to meet local energy needs and save more than 125,000 tons of CO2 per year, helping the City of Dinslaken to pursue its strict decarbonisation policy.

Doosan Lentjes' scope of delivery will include the fuel supply and transports as well as the combustion and boiler plant based on water-cooled reciprocating grate technology. In addition, the company will provide a complete dry flue gas cleaning system, stack as well as electrical & control systems.

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The modern air quality control facility will ensure compliance with emission limit values according to the revised European BREF (best available techniques reference) documents. Harmful acid gases, hydrocarbons and heavy metals will be treated and separated in the Circoclean® gas cleaning system to be installed, while the selective catalytic reduction (SCR) will remove nitrogen oxides.

Gerhard Lohe, Product Director Waste-to-Energy at Doosan Lentjes comments: “In Dinslaken, we are ready to prove the flexibility of both our incineration and flue gas cleaning processes. Originally used in traditional waste-to-energy applications, we will adapt our grate technology to the combustion properties of biomass fuels and thus ensure efficient use of their energetic potential. Furthermore, the plant will be the first of its kind to comply with the new BREF requirements. This means that it will not only burn an almost CO2-neutral fuel, but will also produce negligible emissions. This reflects our efforts to support the industry in shaping the energy transition and make tomorrow’s heat and power generation more sustainable.”

Doosan Lentjes is a specialist in the delivery of proven and reliable waste-to-energy technology, converting millions of tons of waste into valuable energy every year. This helps customers all over the world reduce their waste volumes and simultaneously provide a sustainable energy source.        

“Listen to EU forest stewards, understand their actions on the ground, learn from their experience, and go beyond the clichés!” In a few words, this is the message of the new awareness campaign #ForestBiodiversity launched today in Brussels by 6 associations representing the European Forest-based Sector.

As the debate around the biodiversity and forest strategies has never been so high on the agenda, this joint initiative gives the floor to European forest owners and managers through a series of videos available on the dedicated platform forestbiodiversity.eu. The interviews concretely show that behind the concept of sustainable forest management, special attention is given to biodiversity preservation and climate adaptation- two essential objectives for the forest owners and managers when managing forests.

cepi logo 2020Sustainable Forest Management provides a balance between biodiversity preservation, climate protection and socio-economic viability that local players, forest owners and managers, ensure on a daily basis. This multidimensionality in forest management is sometimes misunderstood.

Well managed forests have the capacity to remain a home for biodiversity in times of natural disturbances and changing climate. Well managed forests have the capacity to foster a greater amount of CO2 and increase carbon storage in forests and wood products as well as substituting for fossil-based materials and energy. Well managed forests have the capacity to be the first link in a value chain that provides nearly 4 million green European jobs while also offering preserved spaces for all.

Only resilient and healthy forests can continue to deliver multiple ecosystem services, including biodiversity preservation. Conservation and enhancement of biodiversity are at the heart of Sustainable Forest Management.

About Cepi:

Cepi is the European association representing the paper industry. We offer a wide range of renewable and recyclable wood-based fibre solutions to EU citizens: from packaging to textile, hygiene and tissue products, printing and graphic papers as well as speciality papers, but also bio-chemicals for food and pharmaceuticals, bio-composites and bioenergy.

We are a responsible industry: 92% of our raw materials are sourced in Europe and certified as sustainable, 91% of the water we use is returned to the environment, in good condition. We are the world champion in recycling at the rate of 72%. At the forefront of the decarbonisation and industrial transformation of our economy, we embrace digitalisation and bring 20 billion value addition to the European economy and €5.5 billion investments annually.

Today’s policy briefing from the UK Energy Research Centre (UKERC) on how heating might practically be decarbonised in the future, and providing detail on possible pathways over the next five to 10 years, highlights the uncertainty ahead.

However whilst backing its calls for urgent clarity on long-term heat policy from the Government and the rapid deployment of renewable heat technologies, the REA believes the UKERC’s report must also include the whole range of technologies available, including bioenergy.

2019 05 07 094917Dr Nina Skorupska, chief executive of the Association of Renewable Energy and Clean Technology (REA) said:

Today’s UKERC report puts in sharp focus the extent of the challenge ahead of the UK in decarbonising heat. We fully support the call to action to see the rapid roll-out of ready-to-deploy renewable heat technologies, supported by a step-change in heat policy from the Government.

Disappointingly though, the report does not consider the full range of technologies available. In particular, the role of bioenergy is ignored. Biomass heat is the largest contributor to renewable heat today, while biomethane from anaerobic digestion is already helping to decarbonise the gas grid. Further strategic technologies, such as geothermal and biomass gasification, will also be needed.

The rapid decarbonisation of heat will require deployment of all available renewable solutions, building on the knowledge, skills and supply chains already in place. For heat decarbonisation to succeed, every renewable solution we have must be able to play its part.”

About the REA

The REA is the UK’s largest trade association for renewable energy and clean technologies with around 550 members operating across heat, transport, power and the circular economy. The REA is a not-for-profit organisation that represents renewable energy and clean technology companies operating in over fourteen sectors, ranging from biogas and renewable fuels to solar and electric vehicle charging. Membership ranges from major multinationals to sole traders.

For more information, visit: www.r-e-a.net

WWF Russia and UPM have today released The Guidelines on Sustainable Forest Management for Wood Suppliers in Russia. This cooperation aims to help wood suppliers in adopting ecologically, socially and economically sustainable practices in wood supply and forestry.

The guidelines bring together the requirements set out in both Russian legislation and international voluntary forest certification schemes. They offer practical instructions and provide examples of best practices in safeguarding biodiversity, mitigating environmental impact and encouraging work safety and interaction with local communities and other stakeholders.

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“We were pleased to cooperate with UPM on this project, as both UPM’s and WWF’s goals to promote responsible and sustainable forest management among wood suppliers coincide. With these guidelines, we want to encourage wood suppliers to adopt best practices for responsible forest management”, said Alexander Voropaev, Forest and Trade Projects Manager of the WWF Russia.

“In partnership with WWF, we were able to combine UPM’s practical international experience and WWF’s nature conservation practices in forest management to establish new guidelines. We hope that the guidelines will be widely used by wood suppliers throughout Russia, as sustainable forest management is only possible through the combined efforts of all related parties”, said Irina Shamanova, Environmental Manager for UPM Forest.

The new guidelines support UPM’s goals to promote and develop sustainable forest management in close collaboration with its stakeholders.

Link to guidelines in Russian 

English version to be published soon.

UPM
We deliver renewable and responsible solutions and innovate for a future beyond fossils across six business areas: UPM Biorefining, UPM Energy, UPM Raflatac, UPM Specialty Papers, UPM Communication Papers and UPM Plywood. As the industry leader in responsibility we are committed to the UN Business Ambition for 1.5°C and the science-based targets to mitigate climate change. We employ 18,700 people worldwide and our annual sales are approximately EUR 10.2 billion. Our shares are listed on Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd. UPM Biofore – Beyond fossils. www.upm.com

WWF Russia
The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is one of the largest independent international environmental organizations with about 5 million permanent supporters and working in over 100 countries.
WWF’s mission is to prevent the increasing degradation of the planet’s natural environment and to achieve harmony between humankind and nature. The main goal is to conserve the Earth’s biodiversity. More details: https://wwf.ru/about/

International technology group ANDRITZ has received an order from Toyo Engineering Corporation, Japan, to deliver a PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler with a flue gas cleaning system. The boiler will be part of a new biomass power plant to be built in Ichihara, Chiba Prefecture, some 30 km southeast of Tokyo. Commercial operations are scheduled to begin in late 2023.

ANDRITZ PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boilerANDRITZ PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler Photo: ANDRITZ

The PowerFluid boiler to be supplied by ANDRITZ features low emissions, high efficiency and availability, as well as high fuel flexibility. It forms an essential part of a high-efficiency biomass power plant for supply of green energy to the national grid. The biomass power plant fired with wood pellets and palm kernel shells as main fuels will generate around 75 MWel of power.

This is now the ninth order within three years for supply of an ANDRITZ PowerFluid circulating fluidized bed boiler to the Japanese market. This confirms ANDRITZ’s comprehensive expertise and acknowledged competence in the biomass-fired fluidized bed boiler sector. ANDRITZ is one of the leading global suppliers of power boiler technologies and systems for generating steam and electricity from renewable and fossil fuels, with a large number of very successful references worldwide.

ANDRITZ GROUP

International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. The global product and service portfolio is rounded off with plants for power generation, recycling, the production of nonwovens and panelboard, as well as automation and digital solutions offered under the brand name of Metris. The publicly listed group today has around 27,800 employees and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries.

“The demand for renewable energy documented with Guarantees of Origin shows record growth during the first half of 2020, despite the negative effect COVID-19 is having on global and local economies. The fact that especially corporate demand for renewables seems unaffected is truly inspiring during these unusual and trying times,” says Tom Lindberg, Managing Director in ECOHZ, commenting on new statistics from the Association of Issuing Bodies (AIB).The demand for renewables reached 530 TWh at the close of Q2 2020. This is the highest figure recorded, even compared to previous full years – with the year 2019 being the only exception,” says Lindberg.

Demand in 2020 is up by a brisk 15% compared to the same period in 2019
Demand for renewables documented with Guarantees of Origin has steadily increased every year, and the annual growth (CAGR) is a robust 16% during the period from 2012 to 2020. A continued growth of 15% in 2020, is especially impressive given the presence of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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It is worth noting that the statistics are somehow skewed, meaning that the second half of the year traditionally shows significantly lower volumes. This means that annual figures for 2020 will not automatically be double of the first half year. But given that the market suddenly does not deflate, we will likely experience a record figure for the full 2020 as well.

Much of the continued growth is still likely coming from strong ambitions among a growing group of corporates with extensive energy use across international markets. We are also seeing the effect of numerous market and policy changes deployed the last few years. Among these are EU’s new Renewable Directive strengthening and clarifying the use of Guarantees of Origin. We also see a stronger emphasis to report and document sustainability results on global and local levels. In Europe specifically we see countries implementing various forms of Full Disclosure (FD) policy, with Holland deploying FD at the energy consumer level. This policy change creates increased transparency and will again result in increased demand. New platforms for allowing access to renewables have also appeared in 2019 and 2020, including various auction concepts in a select group of countries. Lastly, a nascent development to purchase and report renewables on a monthly basis, and in some cases on shorter time intervals (e.g. day, hour) also contributes to a more robust market. There are very few reasons these developments will not continue.

“Also, on a positive note is the inclusion of four new AIB countries in 2020 - Serbia, Slovakia, Greece and Portugal. These countries have contributed little to the volume growth so far in 2020 but will likely have a positive effect moving forward,” says Lindberg.

The supply side also continues to grow during 2020, across most national markets and all renewable technologies. Wind and solar has doubled, hydro has also grown and still dominates the market supply.

Revisiting market developments in 2019 – demand outpacing supply
“Even with a strong growth in the supply, market demand easily outpaced supply in 2019. Demand volumes was up by 18.5%, ending at 621 TWh and breaking the “600-barrier” for the first time”, remarks Lindberg. The 2019 growth is even more impressive given the that historical annual growth (CAGR) is 15.6% in the period from 2010 to 2019.
 

With a total supply of 667 TWh and demand at 621 TWh in 2019, the market surplus shrunk to 46 TWh - the lowest since 2015. This may indicate a development where the market will enjoy a better balance, and where prices again could start to rise.

During earlier years one has often seen only a few countries contributing heavily to the growth. This has changed and we now see market growth across almost all national markets. This is very encouraging, and represents a robustness not experienced previously.

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Wind and solar are the fastest growing technologies
“Hydropower has provided much of the renewable energy with Guarantees of Origin in Europe and still has a big share, but changes are occurring rapidly. Hydropower’s share fell from 64% in 2018, to 61% in 2019. It is also worth noting that hydropower’s share was approximately 90% 10 years ago. The falling share of hydro can primarily be explained by increased availability of both solar and wind,” states Lindberg. Wind has grown fast, from a 19% share in 2018, to 23% in 2019. Solar’s share is still small but has grown to a 5% share in 2019. Both technologies are expecting to continue to grasp market share from hydro.

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The forces behind the renewable energy demand
Households, organisations and businesses all contribute to the market growth. But the corporate sector is the main driver because more corporations see sustainability as necessary for future competitiveness. Several initiatives exist to support corporate sustainability ambitions. Two notable initiatives are WeMeanBusiness and RE100.

The RE100 initiative now has over 260 members – the world’s most influential businesses that have made a commitment to go '100% renewable'. Global reporting initiatives like CDP and Greenhouse Gas Protocol are enabling this movement. Also, EU with the REDII is strengthening the Guarantees of Origin system by further embedding it into European legislation.

The above is a commentary based on figures published by  AIB (Association of Issuing Bodies).
The Q2 2020 figures reported by the AIB, partly included figures related to Q3 for some countries, but have been corrected accordingly to create a consistent dataset, comparable to 2019.

About ECOHZ

ECOHZ offers global renewable energy solutions to businesses, organisations and electricity providers – providing access to renewable electricity from a wide range of sources, regions and qualities. ECOHZ works with 20% of RE100 companies committed to 100% renewable electricity. ECOHZ provides various impact solutions such as corporate PPA facilitation, long-term EAC contracts as well as GO² - a solution combining renewable energy purchases with financing of new renewable power generation. Renewable electricity is documented with Guarantees of Origin in Europe, RECs in North America and International RECs (I-RECs) in a growing number of countries in Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Latin America. ECOHZ is among the leading independent suppliers in Europe and has offices in Norway and Switzerland. ECOHZ endeavours to play an active role in the current energy transition through its vision of “Changing Energy Behaviour”. ecohz.com

Monday, 09 November 2020 09:34

New John Deere dealer in Denmark

SKOVTEKNIK DK APPOINTED AS A SALES AND SERVICE PARTNER FOR JOHN DEERE FOREST MACHINE CUSTOMERS IN DENMARK

John Deere Forestry is continuously strengthening its world-class distribution channel through a professional and customer-oriented dealer network, which in close cooperation with John Deere promotes a predominant position for John Deere products in the market. John Deere Forestry is now proud to welcome Skovteknik DK as an authorized dealer in Denmark.

The company Skovteknik DK, located in Frederikshavn, Denmark has been a sales and service provider for Swedish John Deere Forestry AB since 2002. Skovteknik DK now becomes an independent dealer for John Deere forest machines in Denmark.

2020 05 15 092852Skovteknik DK has customer service, spare part and machine servicing locations in Fredrikshavn, Vinderup and Randers. In addition, Skovteknik DK has a service provider in Sorö. “Our customer service locations are well positioned to serve our Danish customers. And our professional and experienced personnel have been serving John Deere forest machine customers for almost 20 years. This makes for a strong market share in Denmark”, CEO and owner of the company Claus Kammer explains.

“Skovteknik DK has an excellent reputation for proven, high-quality parts and service support for their forest machine customers. Appointing Skovteknik as an authorized dealer in Denmark is part of our growth strategy”, concludes Pekka Leppänen, Manager, Sales and dealer development, John Deere Forestry Oy.

Further information: Elina Suuriniemi John Deere Forestry Oy Tel.: +358 400 466 476

John Deere Forestry Oy is domiciled in Tampere, which is the site of forest machine product development and the European marketing centre. The company employs about 760 people in Finland. John Deere forest machines are produced in Joensuu. More information is available at www.JohnDeere.fi

Deere & Company (NYSE: DE) is a world leader in providing advanced products and services and is committed to the success of customers whose work is linked to the land – those who cultivate, harvest, transform, enrich and build upon the land to meet the world’s dramatically increasing needs for food, fuel, shelter and infrastructure. Since 1837, John Deere has delivered innovative products of superior quality built on a tradition of integrity. For more information, visit the company website at www.JohnDeere.com

International technology group ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre, part of the Metsä Group, have signed a preliminary agreement under which ANDRITZ will supply two fully autonomous logyard cranes to the planned Metsä Fibre bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland. Metsä Fibre will make the EUR 1.5 billion investment decision for the new mill in autumn 2020 at the earliest, and the new mill will take approximately two and a half years to build.

Included in the EPC delivery are two 2 x 25-ton cranes on a 540 m long runway with storage capacity of approximately 120,000 m3. The cranes will handle approximately 7,600,000 m3 wood/year shipped on trucks and trains as well as handling log storage and feeding the wood to the pulping process.

Illustrative drawing of the ANDRITZ autonomous crane solutionIllustrative drawing of the ANDRITZ autonomous crane solution

These ANDRITZ cranes will be the first autonomously operated logyard cranes worldwide.They feature the latest in artificial intelligence, thus optimizing log handling, minimizing wood losses and securing environmentally friendly and cost-effective operation compared with traditional log-handling solutions. This agreement is a significant breakthrough for logyard cranes in Europe. ANDRITZ has over 50 successful references for crane installations in North America.

“We valued the low noise – considering the planned mill location – the energy efficiency and all-electric drives with no fossil fuels consumed, and also the advantages created by applying advanced robotics and artificial intelligence to achieve autonomous operation,” says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre Ltd.

This order once again confirms the excellent business relationship between ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre, the latest reference being the innovative technologies and process equipment delivery to Metsä Fibre’s Äänekoski bioproduct mill, which was started up successfully in 2017.

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of biochemicals, bioenergy and other bioproducts. Planning of the new bioproduct mill is based on a high level of environmental efficiency as well as efficiency in terms of energy and materials used. The mill will not use any fossil fuels at all, and its electricity self-sufficiency rate will be 250%. If built, the Kemi bioproduct mill will produce 1.5 million tons of softwood and hardwood pulp a year as well as many other bioproducts.

ANDRITZ GROUP

International technology group ANDRITZ offers a broad portfolio of innovative plants, equipment, systems and services for the pulp and paper industry, the hydropower sector, the metals processing and forming industry, pumps, solid/liquid separation in the municipal and industrial sectors, as well as animal feed and biomass pelleting. The global product and service portfolio is rounded off with plants for power generation, recycling, the production of nonwovens and panelboard, as well as automation and digital solutions offered under the brand name of Metris. The publicly listed group today has around 27,800 employees and more than 280 locations in over 40 countries.

ANDRITZ PULP & PAPER

ANDRITZ Pulp & Paper provides equipment, systems, complete plants and services for the production of all types of pulp, paper, board and tissue. The technologies and services focus on maximum utilization of raw materials, increased production efficiency and sustainability as well as lower overall operating costs. Boilers for power production, flue gas cleaning plants, plants for the production of nonwovens and panelboard (MDF), as well as recycling and shredding solutions for various waste materials also form a part of this business area.

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, and ANDRITZ signed a preliminary agreement on wood raw material reception and feed equipment for the Kemi bioproduct mill. The delivery includes two automated overhead cranes, as well as their installation and commissioning. This type of fully autonomous, AI-based equipment is a new solution for the reception, storage and process feeding of wood raw material, even on a global scale. It also enables the minimisation of the area needed at the mill for storing wood raw material. The domestic rate of the delivery is 45% and the project is managed by ANDRITZ Oy Lahti center of excellence in Finland.

The electrical equipment and the systematic placement of functions will enable wood yard operations to be run on fossil-free fuel. One of Metsä Group’s strategic sustainability goals is to eliminate the use of fossil fuels and the generation of fossil-based carbon dioxide emissions by 2030. The Kemi bioproduct mill will contribute to achieving this goal.

“Fully automated wood processing equipment is also a good example of our forerunner position. We will acquire the best available technology for the new bioproduct mill in Kemi, and we are ready for new types of solutions to further develop our bioproduct mill concept,” says Project Director Jari-Pekka Johansson from Metsä Fibre.

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The minimisation of the noise impacts of the wood yard was seen as a key aspect of the environmental impact assessment for the Kemi bioproduct mill.

“Minimising environmental impacts is important, and now selected equipment will help us reduce the noise impacts of wood processing,” says Johansson.

Transport and unloading arrangements in the new wood yard will be implemented safely and efficiently. The wood processing equipment will be placed in such a way that the wood unloading areas and the wood yard will be close to the equipment. This will minimise the need to transfer wood raw material. Timber trucks will use a one-way route to avoid encounters between vehicles, and there will be no crossings between road and rail traffic. With one-way route of timber trucks it is also possible to avoid reversing traffic and warning signal noises caused by it.

Metsä Fibre and ANDRITZ have a long history of successful cooperation.

“ANDRITZ has delivered more than 50 traditional wood processing crane solutions to the North American market, and this agreement is a significant breakthrough for wood processing crane deliveries in Europe. Our development work in robotics and artificial intelligence further improves the environmental performance and competitiveness of the solution by enhancing wood processing efficiency and minimising waste. It’s a great opportunity for us to participate in the construction of the world’s most advanced wood processing solution for Metsä Fibre’s new bioproduct mill in Kemi. This is a continuation of the long and successful cooperation between ANDRITZ and Metsä Fibre,” says Janne Lähteenmäki, Product Group Manager, Wood Processing, ANDRITZ.

The Kemi bioproduct mill project is progressing as planned in terms of equipment purchases, environmental permit process, financing negotiations and the logistics required for the new mill, among other aspects. The project engineering started at the beginning of August 2020 which means the detailed planning of the mill’s technology, construction, installations and commissioning, as well as preparation for the construction phase. The planning work will be carried out in cooperation with the four main implementation partners: Valmet, ABB, AFRY and Fimpec. From the beginning of August, more than 400 people have been working in the project engineering organisation.

During the construction phase, the bioproduct mill’s employment impact is estimated to be nearly 10,000 person-years, of which more than half will be carried out in Kemi. The number of employees working in the mill area over the entire construction phase is estimated to rise to around 15,000. The decision concerning the EUR 1.5 billion investment in the bioproduct mill will be made in autumn 2020, at earliest.If implemented, the Kemi bioproduct mill will produce 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp per year, as well as many other bioproducts. If implemented, the investment will secure the existing 250 jobs at the Kemi mill decades to come. Through its direct value chain, the bioproduct mill will employ around 2,500 people in Finland, which is 1,500 people more than the employment at the current pulp mill in Kemi.

Metsä Fibre

www.metsafibre.com/

Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts, biochemicals and bioenergy. Metsä Fibre is the world’s leading producer of bleached softwood pulp and a major producer of sawn timber. Currently employing approximately 1,300 people, the company’s sales in 2019 totalled EUR 2.2 billion. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.

Metsä Group

www.metsagroup.com

Metsä Group is a forerunner in sustainable bioeconomy utilising renewable wood from sustainably managed northern forests. Metsä Group focuses on wood supply and forest services, wood products, pulp, fresh fibre paperboards and tissue and greaseproof papers.

In 2019, Metsä Group’s sales totalled EUR 5.5 billion, and it employs approximately 9,300 people. Metsäliitto Cooperative is the parent company of Metsä Group and is owned by approximately 100,000 Finnish forest owners.

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