The regional administrative agency of Southern Finland, Avi, granted an environmental permit and a permit to start operations to Hamina’s battery material factory on Monday morning. Avi’s decision states that the factory’s operation meets the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act, the Waste Act, and the Nature Conservation Act. The factory is expected to begin production in the next few years, according to CNGR Finland, and this milestone is significant for the company’s future work.
CNGR Finland, a joint venture between Chinese CNGR Advanced Material (60%) and Suomen Malmijalostus Oy (40%), recently received the environmental permit for the production of approximately 60,000 tons of battery chemicals per year. The permit also allows the factory to produce energy for its production needs. Avi’s decision includes a permit in accordance with the Water Act and defines emission limit values for waste water and exhaust gases.
Despite the permit being granted, the decision does not require the removal of sulfate from the waste water, as it is estimated that sulfate emissions will not cause significant environmental pollution or risk when the project is carried out in accordance with the permit, according to Avi’s press release. The factory is located near the port of Hamina and produces the precursor of cathodic active material used in electric car batteries. A significant investment of about 500 million euros has been made in the factory.
In addition to the factory in Hamina, a factory is planned for the Kotka area to produce cathode-active material, and the goal of the battery cluster to be built in the Kotka–Hamina region is to implement battery production covering the entire value chain. To appeal Avi’s decision, appeal can be made until March 20, 2024.