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Fintoil invests in biorefinery

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Fintoil Ltd, partly owned by Taaleri Plc, has announced that it will invest more than €100 million to build a crude tall oil (CTO) refinery in Hamina, Finland.

Fintoil and Port of HaminaKotka recently signed a lease agreement on a site located in the Hamina oil port area.

Neste Engineering Solutions Ltd has been commissioned for engineering and delivery of the biorefinery, construction of which will begin as soon as the company has secured the environmental and building permits, estimated earliest at the end of 2020.

CTO is a by-product of softwood pulp production. The carbon footprint of CTO derivatives is up to 90% lower than that of comparable fossil alternative products. More than 60% of the biorefinery’s output will be directed as feedstock to biodiesel production.

Chair John Lindahl’s career in the pulp and paper industry spans management of investment projects at e.g. UPM-Kymmene, Madison Paper, Pöyry, Metsä Group and most recently as the Group Technical and Sustainability Director and a member of the Group Executive Committee at Mondi Group. Jukka Ravaska has been appointed as the Managing Director of Fintoil Ltd. Mr Ravaska has an extensive background in the specialty chemicals industry from management and executive positions at e.g. Solvay, Akzo Nobel, Kraton and most recently as Supply Chain Manager at Forchem.

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