Bioproduct mill in Kemi
Metsä Group's new bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland was started up in the autumn of 2023. The value of the investment is EUR 2.02 billion and it is the largest investment ever made by the Finnish forest industry in Finland.
The Kemi bioproduct mill employs directly approximately 250 people and, in its entire direct value chain, roughly 2,500 people in total. There is an increase of 1,500 people compared to the current situation. The employment impact in the construction phase was almost 10,000 person-years of which over half in Kemi.
The Kemi bioproduct mill produces some 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp a year as well as numerous other bioproducts. The annual pulpwood consumption of the new Kemi bioproduct mill is approximately 7.6 million cubic meters. The aim is to source the pulpwood for the mill from Finland. The bioproduct mill is the world top regarding to productional, environmental and energy efficiency. The mill does not use any fossil fuels at all and its self-sufficiency in electricity is 250%.
The environmental and water supply permits to the Kemi bioproduct mill were granted in December 2020 and the investment decision was made in February 2021. The construction phase took approximately two and a half years, and the mill was started up in September 2023.