The project engineering for Metsä Fibre’s bioproduct mill project in Kemi, Finland will start at the beginning of August 2020. This means the detailed engineering of the mill’s technology, civil construction, MEI installations and commissioning, as well as preparation for the project’s construction phase.
In March 2020 AFRY signed a preliminary contract with Metsä Fibre on project management and engineering services during the possible construction phase of the Kemi bioproduct mill. The contract is conditional for investment decision. AFRY has already been involved in the pre-engineering phase of the project.
“The Kemi bioproduct mill project is proceeding as planned and according the schedule, we will start project engineering at the beginning of August. This is an important step towards the investment decision and construction of the mill. For example, the project organization expands as required,” says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director at Metsä Fibre.
AFRY’s assignment includes Project Management services for the whole mill and all engineering disciplines for Balance of Plant (BOP). In addition AFRY will coordinate 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 enabling the use of efficient digital applications to boost the mill performance.
The planning of the new bioproduct mill is based on a high degree of environmental, energy and material efficiency. If implemented, the mill will be built using the best available techniques (BAT) and even more advanced techniques, such as the sulphuric acid plant and the bark gasification. The mill will not use any fossil fuels at all, and its electricity self-sufficiency rate will be 250%. If implemented, the Kemi bioproduct mill will produce around 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp a year, as well as many other bioproducts.
The EUR 1,5 billion investment decision are estimated to be fulfilled in the autumn of 2020.
“We are proud to be Metsä Fibre’s partner in this strategically important sustainable investment. This step towards the investment decision and construction of the new bioproduct mill is an important sign of the positive development of the bioindustry sector in Finland.“, says Kalle Rasinmäki, President, Process Industries Finland and Asia at AFRY.