AGL supports Finland’s €1.8 Bn bioproduct mill
Alexander Global Logistics (AGL) has been hired to provide logistical support a new bioproduct mill being built for Metsä Fibre, part of Metsä Group, in Kemi, Finland.
The mill will begin operation in the third quarter of 2023. This mill is a result of the largest investment ever made by the Finnish forest industry in Finland and is valued at €1.85 billion. The Kemi bioproduct mill will produce some 1.5 million tonnes of softwood and hardwood pulp per year, as well as many other bioproducts. It will also produce 2.0 TWh of renewable electricity per year, which equals to roughly 2,5 percent of Finnish total electricity production and roughly 5 per cent when paired together with Äänekoski bioproduct mill. The new mill will replace the current pulp mill in Kemi, which has reached the end of its lifespan.
The AGL project team was responsible for the transportation, heavy lifting, and positioning of the electric power plant’s heavy parts, including the generator set, turbine set, conder set, and IOS. For this multi-transport project, the AGL team applied for special and heavy transport permits and surveyed the bridges on the route, which took about six to eight weeks.
The biggest challenge of the project was obtaining road permits in Finland. There was a lot of speculation about the solution suggested by the AGL team. The route suggested was preloading the cargo on trucks and shipping them to Finland, where they would be reloaded on local trucks for further delivery. This proposed solution meant the project was completed const efficiently during a shorter timeframe.