Supreme Administrative Court in Finland stops Finnpulp's pulp project

Image courtesy of Finnpulp
Image courtesy of Finnpulp
02 Jan 2020 − 

"The court's decision marks the end of the current mill project," said Niilo Pellonmaa, Chairman of the Board of Finnpulp.

On 23 December, Finland's Supreme Administrative Court (Korkein hallinto-oikeus, KHO) rejected the environmental permit for the Finnpulp bioproduct mill in Kuopio. The decision is final and is not subject to appeal, Finnpulp stated in a press release.

According to Finnpulp, the Supreme Administrative Court criticised that the studies Finnpulp submitted did not provide sufficient information about the possible environmental impact of the project. Finnpulp contradicts these allegations, saying that "the project has been prepared with the best expertise in the world, including leading consultants in the forest industry such as Pöyry."

Finnpulp's environmental permit process lasted almost five years. In February 2015, the company announced plans to build a 1.2 million tpy NBSK pulp mill in Kuopio, which would cost €1.6bn and provide jobs for 3,400 people. The start-up was originally scheduled for 2019. Investors included Chinese tissue and hygiene product manufacturer Hengan International Group Company, Finnish Central Association of Agricultural Producers, and Forest Owners MTK and Grizzly Hill Capitals.

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