Biorefinery – Est-For Invest

Biorefinery

Timeline

The investors financing the project initiated the environmental impact assessment and planning process at the beginning of 2017. The process may take up to three years. In the case of a positive investment decision, the biorefinery will launch in 2023. The construction process of the plant would take up to two years.

2018-2020

EIA process, spatial planning, environmental permitting, public procedures, technology/markets analysis and selection

2019

2020

Investment decision, financing plan and signing

2021

Construction of factory, recruitment process

2022

Construction of factory and run-up, employee training, takeoff contract

2023

Factory launch, first pulp production

The feasibility of the project is being analysed in close cooperation with various Estonian state authorities as well as with well-known scientific experts. Prior to the final investment decision, the investors want to ensure that establishing the planned bioproducts mill is in accordance with all environmental requirements.

Process

Biorefinery with an Integrated Power Plant

Raw material

The biorefinery would annually use approximately 3 million m3 of pulpwood and wood chips. Today, the majority of harvested pulp wood and produced saw mill chips is being exported from all three Baltic states without adding value.

The biorefinery would use pine, spruce and birch as raw material. A good location in the middle of the forest resources and access to the railroad, would ensure sustainable raw material availability for the biorefinery in the long term.

The wood raw material would come from existing wood flow via integrated logging of predominantly certified forests. The investors promote and encourage the certification of forestry activities in accordance with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) or similar certification systems for sustainable forest management.

Location

The prerequisites for the establishment of the biorefinery include:

  • a suitable plot of land of ca. 100 ha;
  • availability of raw material, including birch, pine and spruce wood, within a reasonable distance;
  • already existing logistical network, including access roads and railroads for the supply of raw materials and export of products;
  • availability of surface water resources permitting sustainable management;
  • local skilled labour force.

According to the initial pre-analysis, the most suitable location for the biorefinery would be in Tartu or Viljandi County in Southern Estonia nearby the River Suur-Emajõgi.