The Finnish bioeconomy takes a step forward in Paltamo

Finnish Forest Autumn

The Finnish bioeconomy takes a step forward. KaiCell Fibers announced its next step towards building a biorefinery in Paltamo by awarding Pöyry with the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process assignment. Vesa Mikkonen, MSc. is appointed Technical Director with key responsibility for the company’s side of the EIA and permitting.

“These are logical steps – KaiCell CEO Jukka Kantola – that take us further towards the final investment decision. We are delighted to intensify our cooperation with Pöyry, the world’s leading forest industry expert, with whose help we shall construct a highly responsible concept for utilising the Kainuu area’s fibre-wood resources. As a company, we continue to build on our extensive network in the bioeconomy and forest industry, as the appointment of Vesa Mikkonen clearly indicates.”

“KaiCell Fibers’ biorefinery project is a great example of the new business opportunities in bioeconomy. We are pleased to support the project with our global pulp technology and biorefining expertise as well as local EIA competence. Our capabilities in digital solutions and Health&Safety will enable modern, top-class industrial sites for our clients,” said Johan Ehrnrooth, Head of Pulp & Paper Competence Line at Pöyry.

KaiCell Fibers is preparing to build a biorefinery in Paltamo, northeast Finland. The venture will create value from the Kainuu regions fibre-wood resources by processing them into established as well as new innovative bio-products. The company relies on a strong management team and will be in a position to apply for the required operating permits once the EIA is completed.

The Finnish Company wood supply will based on local forest resources and by-products of the sawmills. The mill has an excellent location in the middle of sustainable managed forests. “This – the company claims – ensures also optimal logistics with reasonable transport distance and lower emissions”. The sustainability of the forest operations is on high level. Over 90 % of forests are certified in Kainuu region.

For the Finnish Government, the bioeconomy is at the heart of the growth strategy. Its aim is to push it – from now till 2025 – to €100 billion in terms of turnover while creating 100,000 new jobs. All this by starting from the use of forest biomass that is already crucial in the energy, chemical and plastic sectors but also playing an important role in the textile, medical and food industries.



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