SCA mulls building large-scale biorefinery at Östrand site

13 Mar 2018 − 

According to SCA, the existing softwood kraft pulp mill site in Östrand offers many advantages for integrated production of biomass-based fuels and products.

Swedish pulp and paper group SCA is exploring the idea of building a large-scale biorefinery at its Östrand site in Timrå municipality in Sweden. As part of the ongoing environmental impact study, SCA recently launched a consultation process with the responsible authorities and various stakeholder groups. The company plans to file an application to start the environmental impact assessment and initiate the permitting process with the responsible Land and Environment Court in Östersund by the end of this year.

According to the project documentation presented, the Östrand biorefinery would have capacity to produce 300,000 tpy of lignocellulosic biofuels for transportation uses. In addition, it would produce 120,000 tpy of vegetable carbon (biocoal) powder that can be further processed into pellets or briquettes.

SCA did not provide detailed information about how much it would be investing in the future biorefinery in Östrand. A company spokesman contacted by EUWID explained that it was not possible to assess the investment costs at such an early project stage, but added that if realised, it would be another billion-SEK-investment project for the Swedish forest products company, for sure.

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