Petrol, diesel, aviation fuel and chemicals that are currently produced using oil, may in the future be manufactured from forest and forest industry by-products. Östrand is one potential location for a future biorefinery.

A process has begun to investigate the prospects of placing a biorefinery adjacent to the Östrand pulp mill in Timrå.

The reason Östrand has been proposed as a location is, among other reasons, because the expanded Östrand plant enables the use of energy and secondary flows from pulp manufacturing operations, while also using by-products from other manufacturing processes and from forest operations. The systems-based approach and ambition to close the ecocycle make the project unique.

The biofuels that could be produced may replace standard fossil petrol and diesel, which will reduce emissions of greenhouse gases. Biochar could replace fossil fuels in plants for electricity and heat production. The production of biofuels could also increase the added value of all forest and benefit the entire region.

A decision on whether a biorefinery can be built at Östrand is dependent on the results of the detailed planning process, environmental assessments, water ruling and which laws and terms that will be applied to biofuels over the next few years, when the conditions for a decision are in place.

A number of dialogue processes will be conducted during the duration of the project in the form consultation and meetings with the parties involved, local politicians, the business community, organizations, associations and private individuals.

Public consultation took place on March 21, 2018.

Why does SCA want to build the facility in Timrå?

Questions and answers about the biorefinery
Questions & answers
Questions & answers