Metsä Group replaced natural gas with biomass derived gas at its mill in Finland

Metsä Fibre replaced 95% of natural gas being used in the lime kiln at its Joutseno mill in Finland with biomass (bark) derived gas.

The modernization program, entitled “Gasification Plant 100% Utilization Rate” was executed together with Andritz. Its goal was to maximize the availability of all equipment, including the wood processing plant, dryer, gasification plant, and lime kiln, as well as the lime kiln burner and its heat transfer system.

The Joutseno 48 MW gasification plant is based on the Circulating Fluidized Bed (CFB) technology developed by Andritz.

Metsä Fibre is a world-leading producer of softwood pulp for high-quality paper, board and tissue producers in Europe and Far East. Its product brand is Botnia, which covers high- quality pulps as well as technical support and logistics service concept. Metsä Fibre’s sales in 2015 totaled approximately EUR 1.4 billion. The company employs around 850 people. Metsä Fibre is part of Metsä Group.

Earlier Metsä Board converted 5,656 A-shares into B-shares

About Metsä Group:

The company is a forest industry group whose core business consists of tissue and cooking papers, paperboard, pulp, wood products, and wood supply and forest services. It has operations in almost 30 countries and production in 9 of them.

Source: Woodbizforum