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GFN has indicated Lieksa region as a potential operating environment for a biorefinery


During the years 2013-2015 Green Fuel Nordic Oy has investigated on behalf of Lieksa Development Agency Ltd the suitability of locating a biorefinery to the Kevätniemi industrial area in Lieksa. During this commission GFN has coordinated the Environmental Impact Assessment process (EIA) and Environmental Permit process for a biorefinery and bioterminal combination, as well as served as a specialist in the area zoning work.

Lieksa Development Agency has been pleased with the progress of the project. "Green Fuel Nordic's expertise and experience in a similar projects brought significant added value to the investigation," says the Managing director Markku Vuorenmaa of Lieksa Development Agency.

Biorefinery concept as a part of a bigger plan

North Karelia’s regional level climate and energy programs goals are ambitious. The region aims to reduce greenhouse gas emissions 20% more than the EU's climate targets by 2020. In addition, the aim is that the share of renewable energy in final energy consumption is more than 80%. Heat production is to be totally fossil fuel free by 2020, and instead the fuel should come almost 100% from renewable energy sources. Also, electricity is produced from renewable energy sources over the regions own needs.

The combined development project of the city of Lieksa and Lieksa Development Agency is well in line with regional objectives and plans.

The development project focuses on strengthening the local bio cluster but other sectors are also closely involved in the plan. In addition to the future biorefinery and bioterminal activities, in the area there exists at the moment, among other things, Vapo Timber Oy's sawmill, Anaika Wood Oy's wood processing plant and Suomipuu Ltd planing mill. The development plan for this bio cluster includes the areas of bio-oil production, the area of biotermial for serving the local ​​forest raw material utilizing industry, new industrial railway solutions as well as internal roads and utilities.

Kevätniemi industrial area – a suitable site for a biorefinery concept

The Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) process and Environmental Permit process have proceeded as planned. According to the information gathered during the EIA process, the Kevätniemi industrial area would be a suitable site for locating biorefinery and bioterminal combination. The potential synergies with the existing bio cluster actors at the area, location near the wood biomass sources, local development plans for the industrial area as well as the regional green atmosphere makes this an ideal location for a biorefienry. The concept supports the region's climate and energy targets. The biorefinery uses fast pyrolysis to produce liquid wood based fuel, bio-oil. The process utilizes its side streams very effectively and is thermally completely energy self-sufficient. The renewable liquid fuel produced from domestic wood has much smaller greenhouse gas emissions than fossil fuels and supports the regions as well as Finland's energy self-sufficiency and creates new industrial jobs.

For more information:
Green Fuel Nordic Oy
Project Director Kari Hartikainen
Tel. 0400 278 402

Lieksan Industrial Park Ltd
Managing Director Markku Vuorenmaa
Tel. 040 104 4910

Green Fuel Nordic Oy is a Finnish biorefining company. The company’s business idea is to utilize commercially proven RTP™ technology for the production of second-generation bio-oil from local, renewable, forest-based biomass. The off-take is a liquid, low-carbon and sulfur-free bio-oil that can directly replace light and heavy fuel oil in renewable energy applications. In the upcoming years, Green Fuel Nordic Oy aims to build several biorefineries in Finland. The company, established in October 2011, is headquartered in Kuopio, Finland.

Lieksa Development Agency Ltd is 99% owned by the city if Lieksa. It is responsible for offering and developing premises and physical environment primarily for industrial users and other supporting service companies. The company's activities focus on projects with growth objectives. These include for example the Lieksa bio cluster and Kevätniemi industrial area development.

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