Metsä Fibre’s Joutseno pulp mill is the world’s largest single-line softwood pulp mill. A newly inaugurated gasification plant at the mill improves the efficiency of its renewable energy usage by replacing the natural gas used with biofuel made from tree bark. The gasification plant makes the pulp mill the first carbon dioxide neutral facility in Finland during normal operations. In the long run the investment will save the company several millions of euros annually.
According to Metsä Fibre, the technology in the gasification plant is a new application in the Finnish pulp industry. The innovative solution uses surplus heat from the mill for drying tree bark. Similar development work is under way at Metsä Fibre’s three other mills in Kemi, Aäänekoski and Rauma, which will all become carbon dioxide-neutral in the coming years.
Plans for new biorefinery
Metsä Fibre is also planning another pioneering bioenergy project which involves the construction of a new biorefinery in Joutseno in cooperation with Helsingin Energia and Gasum. The biogas produced at the refinery would be piped to Helsinki, where it would replace the natural gas Helsingin Energia currently uses as fuel for the production of electricity and district heating.
Metsä Fibre is a significant supplier of bioenergy in Finland and its mills account for approximately one fifth of all wood-derived electricity generated in Finland. Finnish Energy Industries, an industrial policy and labour market policy association representing the electricity and district heating industry in Finland, is aiming for carbon neutral electricity and district heating by the year 2050.
Kauppalehti, Metsä Fibre