Metsä Fibre and EcoEnergy SF have signed an agreement concerning the ownership of the biogas plant located in Metsä Group’s mill area in Äänekoski, Finland. Built by EcoEnergy SF, the biogas plant was started up in 2017. It produces biogas and biopellets from wood-based sludge generated by Metsä Fibre´s bioproduct mill in Äänekoski.
“We are systematically expanding and strengthening our industrial ecosystem in Äänekoski. It is important that we own some of the operations, while others are based on partnerships. Through this acquisition, we will be able to make even more efficient use of the biogas plant as part of the bioproduct mill process. The wastewater sludge from the bioproduct mill will be converted into added-value products in the biogas plant,” says Ismo Nousiainen, CEO of Metsä Fibre.
In addition to treating the sludge from the bioproduct mill, the biogas plant processes sludge from Äänekosken Energia’s wastewater treatment plant and other biodegradable sludge generated in Metsä Group’s mill area.
Metsä Fibre is a leading producer of bioproducts and bioenergy. The company’s bleached softwood and birch pulp grades have been developed for the production of high-quality board, tissue and printing paper and speciality products. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.