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Metsä Fibre and Eltel sign agreement to build power line for new bioproduct mill in Finland
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Metsä Fibre and Eltel have signed an agreement to build a power line from the new bioproduct mill being constructed in Kemi to the Keminmaa substation via the Pajusaari-Isohaara-Keminmaa route. The new 110 kV power line will be about 15 kilometres long.

The bioproduct mill, which operates completely without fossil fuels, will produce 2.0 TWh of renewable electricity every year, equivalent to about 2.5% of Finland's total electricity production. The mill will have an electricity self-sufficiency rate of 250%, and this will further strengthen Metsä Group's position as a major electricity producer relying on renewable Finnish fuels. The new power line will transmit bioelectricity from the bioproduct mill to the national grid.

Metsä Fibre and Eltel co-operation in the Kemi bioproduct mill project has already started earlier with the planning of power line. Actual construction work will begin in spring 2021, with the contract being completed by summer 2022. The degree of Finnish origin of the contract is very high, 85%.

"We want to partner with the best professionals in every field to build a cutting-edge bioproduct mill in Kemi, Finland. We require our partners to commit to the goals of the project in terms of safety, schedules and quality. Eltel's operations comply with all of these principles. Together, we will build a significant part of the mill complex - a new power line that will supply the bioelectricity produced at the mill to the national grid," says Jari-Pekka Johansson, Project Director for the bioproduct mill at Metsä Fibre.

The agreement between Metsä Fibre and Eltel also includes dismantling the existing power line as well as modifying six transmission line towers in Kemi. The delivery also includes 110 kV underground cable works at Isohaara and Keminmaa substations.

Metsä Group's Kemi bioproduct mill project is progressing according to plan, with earthmoving and pile driving currently being carried out at the mill site.

Totalling Euro 1.6 billion, the investment in Metsä Group's Kemi bioproduct mill is the largest in the history of the Finnish forest industry. The mill will produce 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp per year, as well as many other bioproducts.

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