Biorefinery’s and power plant’s environmental permit applications are announced

Kanteleen Voima Oy is applying for an environmental permit for biorefinery which will produce 2G bioethanol and side products biogas, lignin and crude turpentine. The environmental permit application has been announced on 28 February 2019 and the documents of permit application are available from 4 March to 3 April 2019 at the Haapavesi city office. The announcement and the main content of the application or documents are also available in address

The energy required for the biorefinery will be provided by a power plant located on the same site, and a separate environmental permit application regarding power plant’s changing operations will be announced simultaneously.

Bioproducts from sustainably managed forests

The biorefinery consists of a bioethanol plant, a biogas plant, a storage facility for liquid fuels and chemicals, a raw material terminal, a possible sludge combustion boiler and a gas boiler, and treatment of process waste water. The biorefinery would produce annually 65 000 tons of bioethanol (calculated as 100 % ethanol) for transport, 250 GWh of biogas and 230 000 tons of lignin. The planned operating time of the biorefinery is approximately 8000 hours per year. As a raw material the biorefinery would use wood-based raw materials, such as sawmill by-products and forestry residues in total 700 000 mannually.

The condensing power plant is transformed into an industrial CHP-plant

If biorefinery is built, the power plant will be transformed from a condensing power plant into a power plant connected to the biorefinery, which will generate electricity and supply process steam to the biorefinery. In addition to existing fuels, the power plant uses by-products of the biorefinery: lignin, biogas and crude turpentine. The odour gases generated by the processes are also burned for energy in the boiler of the power plant for energy.

Additional information:

  • Teija Mäyrä, Head of Technology, tel. +358 44 5549 381

The NordFuel refinery would employ a significant number of people locally, generate electricity flexibly and produce 65 000 tonnes of ethanol for transport every year. The refinery would also have the capacity to produce 250 GWh of biogas each year, which would make it the biggest producer of biogas in the Nordic countries.