Metsä Fibre Kemi bioproduct mill: Focus on safety, high environmental efficiency, totally fossil free operations and 250 per cent self-sufficiency in electricity

Metsä Fibre is planning to build new bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland. Pre-engineering with AFRY has been started in spring 2019. The Kemi bioproduct mill would produce some 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp a year as well as numerous other bioproducts. The starting point for the planning of the new bioproduct mill has been a high level of environmental, energy and materials efficiency. The mill would not use any fossil fuels at all, and its electricity self-sufficiency rate would be 250 per cent.

Decision on the Kemi bioproduct mill expected in the autumn of 2020.

Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, has signed a letter of intent with AFRY on engineering services during the possible construction phase of the Kemi bioproduct mill. AFRYs assignment in the pre-engineering of the Kemi bioproduct mill continues until investment decision.

AFRY’s assignment would include project management services (project management and procurement support, time scheduling, cost control and document management) for the investment project and all engineering disciplines  (process, mechanical and piping, electrical, instrumentation and automation engineering, HVAC and civil engineering) for Balance of Plant (BOP). In addition AFRY will develop the overall digitalization of the mill with BIM (Building Information Modeling) and PIM (Process Information Modeling) of the project including establishment of SSOT (Single-Source-of-Truth) concept towards digital twin. Management of engineering database is done in AFRYs ProElina platform and is hosted by AFRY.

Sustainability in Kemi bioproduct mill project:

  • 100% utilisation of wood raw material
  • 250% self-sufficiency in electricity
  • Wood sourced mainly from Finland
  • Totally fossil free operations
  • High environmental efficiency with optimised processes
  • Employs 250 people directly at the mill site and 2,500 people in in direct value chain in Finland
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Nicholas Oksanen
Executive Vice President and Head of Division Process Industries

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