Metsä Board is renewing its Husum pulp mill in Sweden in two phases during the 2020s.
Renewal of the pulp mill will enable the long-term development and growth of the paperboard business at the Husum integrated mill. In addition, it will also develop Metsä Board’s competitive pulp and energy production and thus take the company towards 100% fossil free production.
In November 2020, Metsä Board received an amended environmental permit for the first phase of the renewal. The final investment decision for the first phase was made in December 2020. The first phase consists of a new recovery boiler and a new turbine with a total investment value of EUR 360 million.
In the second phase of the renewal, to be decided and implemented later during the 2020s, the two current fibre lines will be replaced with one new one.
The new modern equipment and processes will significantly increase the mill’s bio-based energy production and the integrates self-sufficiency will increase from about 50% to over 80%, with its electricity entirely based on renewable bioenergy. In addition, the use of heavy fuel as backup fuel will reduce, and by 2030, the necessary backup fuels will be replaced with renewable alternatives.
The start-up of the recovery boiler and turbine is expected to take place in September 2022.
Metsä Board Husum mill is an integrated board and pulp mill producing folding boxboard, white kraftliner, and bleached market pulp.