The world's first smart bioproduct plant

The new softwood pulp mill's process is specifically designed to produce materials for the tissue and packaging board industry. Its annual production capacity will be 1.2 million tons of pulp, which equals 5% of the global softwood pulp market. Additionally, the facility will produce 60,000 tons of tall oil and one terawatt hour (TWh) of bioelectricity for the national electricity grid. The amount of bioelectricity produced by the company equals 1% of the annual electricity consumption in Finland.

Finnpulp's new plant will be the world's largest single-line softwood pulp plant. It will also be the world's largest producer of crude tall oil – a renewable and versatile raw material used by the chemical industry. The new facility will use 6.7 million cubic metres of raw wood material per year. Finnpulp's modern facility will be extremely cost-efficient. It will be the first pulp mill in the world that utilizes the full potential of smart processes and artificial intelligence, every step of the way.

The digital ecosystem provides Finnpulp with advantages related to, for example, raw material and delivery chain management, improving the efficiency of the mill's support functions and optimizing production quality and quantity. The concept also further improves the facility's occupational safety and environmental performance.

An advanced bioproduct mill is also the most efficient way to produce bioenergy. Finnpulp meets its own energy needs, produces bioelectricity for the national grid, and it also produces biogas. The company uses no fossil fuels. Finnpulp is also assessing the possibilities of producing other bioproducts.

Minimized
raw material and energy loss
Optimized quality and uninterrupted production
Improved environmental and occupational safety
Predicted and seamless partner chain management
Efficient market management and high quality customer service

Project schedule

During 2015, the project is focused on the environmental impact assessment and environmental permit application and the financing of the following phase. The basic engineering work will begin in 2017. The construction is scheduled to start in 2018. The company's recruiting and training will advance together with the construction process during the years 2018-2019. The production is foreseen to start in 2020, after the testing and trial runs started in 2019. The full production capacity will be reached already in 2021.

The most ecologically sound softwood pulp mill

The Finnpulp mill project will especially focus on the environmental issues in all production phases. The mill will be carbon neutral and fulfil the tight EU IPPC-BAT requirements (best available technology). The mill's emissions will be at the lowest level in the industry.

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Mill Project

Timo Piilonen
Director
timo.piilonen@finnpulp.fi