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UPM plans to build new biorefinery in Kotka


Picture courtesy of UPM
08 Feb 2018 − 

Raw material concept is different to the Lappeenranta biorefinery

UPM plans to further expand its biofuels division and has commissioned an environmental impact assessment for the possible construction of a new bio-refinery in Kotka, south-east Finland. It is expected to produce around 500,000 tonnes of modern biofuels per year for transport vehicles from various renewable and sustainable raw materials.

The company said it is planning to use other raw materials there than in its existing biorefinery in Lappeenranta. The company explained that various new raw materials are to be investigated, which met sustainability criteria such as wood waste and other sustainable waste and residual materials. In Uruguay, a winter crop concept is currently being tested with brassica barinata (Ethiopian mustard) as a biofuel material. Their oil could become one of the potential raw materials for the new biorefinery in Kotka, UPM explained.

The environmental impact assessment that has now been started relates to a site in Kotka, which is the area of a dismantled power plant formerly operated by Pohjolan Voima.

UPM's declared goal is to become one of the leading producers of biofuels of the latest generation for transport purposes. The company already operates a biorefinery at its Lappeenranta site in south-eastern Finland, the production volume of which is stated at 100,000 tonnes per year. The company states that it is the world's first bio-refinery to produce wholly wood-based sustainable diesel and naphtha.

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