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people and, in its entire direct value chain roughly 500 people in total. The employment impact in the construction phase would be approximately 1,500 person- years. The sawmill’s annual sawlog consumption would be approximately 1.5 million cubic meters. Wood for the sawmill is planned


to be sourced from Finland. The increased sawn timber volumes would be sold mainly to European and Asian customers. The final investment decision related to Rauma sawmill is expected to be made in early 2020. The final investment decision


will be impacted by: Securing wood sourcing; preconditions for smooth deliveries; development of world economy, particularly the Asian economy; results of environmental impact assessments; environmental permits; development of financial markets and export financing as and cooperation with parties related to wood sourcing; logistics and town planning and permits. ”The 100% utilisation of wood


raw material is central to Metsä Group’s unique bioproduct concept. Logs are used for sawn timber, plywood and LVL products, and pulpwood for pulp and other bioproducts. The global demand for pulp and sawn timber is growing. The bioproduct mill in Kemi and the next-generation sawmill in Rauma would enable significant growth in our business. Logs are the raw material for


Metsä Group Kemi havainnekuva


Asian customers as well as to Metsä Board’s, also a part of Metsä Group, linerboard mill located at the same mill site in Kemi. The final investment decision


related to Kemi bioproduct mill is expected to be made in Summer, 2020.


Metsä Fibre will also implement


a pre-engineering project to build a pine sawmill at its mill site in Rauma. The estimated annual production of the sawmill would be approximately 750,000 cubic metres. The new sawmill would be the most modern and efficient


unit in its field in the world. The level of technology and utilization of data will be raised clearly higher compared to current sawmills. The total investment would amount to approximately EUR 200 million. The new sawmill would directly employ approximately 100


the sawmill. The by-products of sawn timber production, bark and dust, are used for bioenergy and chips for pulp production. The pulp mill generates bioenergy, which is used by the sawmill and the excess is sold to the national grid. The sawmill investment would enable fossil-free production in the entire Rauma mill integrate”, says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre. METSÄ FIBRE further information, please contact: Kaisu Vaalto, Manager, Communications, Metsä Group, tel. +358 40 777 8922, kaisu.vaalto@ metsagroup.com


Summer 2019 Forest Bioenergy Review 11


Metsä Fibre


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