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etsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, commences pre-engineering projects related to building a

new bioproduct mill in Kemi and a new sawmill in Rauma, Finland. If implemented in full, the total

value of the investments would amount to approximately EUR 1.7 billion during 2020–2023. The investments in Kemi and Rauma would increase Finland’s annual income by approximately EUR 0.6 billion, exports by approximately EUR 0.7 billion, and the positive employment impact in the direct value chains would be roughly 2,000. The construction phases would generate a positive employment impact of approximately 11,500 person-years. The Kemi pulp mill-related

prefeasibility study, launched in May, 2018, has been finalised. The study included two alternatives: building a totally new bioproduct mill that would be clearly bigger in size than the current Kemi pulp mill or alternatively extending the life cycle of the current mill by modernizing several departments. In particular, the availability of wood raw material and the development potential of Kemi’s industrial infrastructure and logistic connections were examined. Building a new bioproduct mill

in Kemi was chosen for future development. Target for the now initiated pre-engineering project is to create conditions for building a bioproduct mill with annual production capacity of approximately 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp to Metsä Group’s current mill site in Kemi.

In addition to pulp, the mill

would produce various other bioproducts. This mill would be the biggest wood processing unit in the Northern hemisphere. The new mill would replace the current Kemi pulp mill that has an annual capacity of approximately 620,000 tonnes. The total investment would amount to approximately EUR 1.5 billion. The annual pulpwood

consumption of the new Kemi bioproduct mill would be

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Metsä Fibre starts pre-engineering related to investments worth €1.7 billion

approximately 7.6 million cubic metres, which is roughly 4.5 million cubic meters more compared to the consumption of the current mill. The aim is to source the pulpwood for the mill from Finland. Securing the wood sourcing for the mill requires further studies to maximize the share of

domestic wood. The Kemi bioproduct mill would

directly employ approximately 250 people and in the whole direct value chain, approximately 2,500 people in total. That is an increase of 1,500 on the number of people employed currently. The employment impact

in the construction phase would be almost 10,000 person-years of which over half in Kemi. The main planning premises of the new mill include totally fossil-free operations and 250% self-sufficiency in electricity. The pulp production volumes would be sold to European and

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