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Finnpulp does not want to give up on pulp project yet

Will Finnpulp be able to take the nex step <br> in building a 1.2 million t pulp mill?
Will Finnpulp be able to take the nex step
in building a 1.2 million t pulp mill?
11 Aug 2020 − 

Finnpulp has not given up hope that the 1.2 million t NBSK pulp mill it was planning to erect in Finland will be built after all. The project currently hangs in the balance.

The major Finnpulp project to build a new pulp mill in Finland, which was thought to be doomed, is not dead and buried yet. Even though the company's application for an environmental permit for the pulp mill was rejected at the end of last year, Martti Fredrikson, Finnpulp's Managing Director, has not given up hope yet.

Mr Fredrikson told EUWID that the firm was currently exploring alternative ways to move ahead with the project. Although the company preferred to build at the original location in Kuopio, it was also looking at other potential sites for the mill, he said. The group did not disclose any additional information at this time.

Finnpulp originally wanted to build a mill with a capacity of 1.2 million tpy of northern bleached softwood kraft (NBSK) pulp in Kuopio. The complex would also produce 60,000 tpy of tall oil, 1.2 TWh of electricity and up to 100,000 tpy of biochar.

The Supreme Administrative Court turned down the application for an environmental permit in late 2019 because it felt that environmental effects were not adequately depicted, something that Finnpulp found hard to understand. The project already had received favourable judgements from the regional administrative authority and the Vaasa administrative court.

The pulp project has been in the pipeline for several years. Finnpulp was created in 2015 to build the mill. The Chinese sanitary products manufacturer Hengan International Group also joined the project in 2018.

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