Questions and answers on SCA's investment in Obbola
SCA to build a new paper machine for the production of kraftliner at its Obbola paper mill in Umeå. The annual production in Obbola will increase from the current 450,000 tonnes of kraftliner to 725,000 tonnes to meet the growing demand for renewable packaging. The investment amount is SEK 7.5 billion. On this page there is questions and answers about the expansion.
What products will you manufacture on the new machine?
We are planning to produce the two main products that are produced on the existing paper machine in Obbola, that is, SCA Kraftliner and SCA Eurokraft, but we also foresee opportunities to introduce new products
Will the investment have any effects on the production focus at the paper mill in Munksund?
We have recently invested in increased capacity of White Top Kraftliner in Munksund and will continue the development of White Top, Heavy Duty and Wet Strength.
In which markets do you anticipate being able to sell the increased volume of kraftliner?
Europe remains our principal market, but with more available volume, there could be a possibility of expanding the customer base to markets outside Europe.
How will you procure the wood raw material you need, half a million cubic meters?
This investment is good news for all forest owners in Västerbotten and the surrounding regions. It guarantees a stable demand for wood from a competitive industry for a long time forward.
We anticipate increasing our purchases of timber in the region, primarily in Västerbotten. We also have sawmill operations in Västerbotten and will be able to purchase all wood types for local processing. We have already started to strengthen our wood procurement organization in Västerbotten.
Will there be major disruptions in Obbola from increased traffic and other effects of the construction work?
In the preliminary project design of the new facility, special attention was paid to the impact on the surroundings of a new facility during construction and several consulting meetings have been held with local residents. We plan to bring in all transports to the project from the E12 directly into the plant area and also set up fencing between the plant area and the community. We also intend to maintain a continued constructive and regular dialogue with local residents during the implementation of the project.
Umeå Municipality is to expand the port, an investment that is conditional on SCA making its investment. What effect does this investment have on your project?
The investment in the port by Umeå Municipality is of great importance for our investment. We greatly appreciate the commitment that Umeå Municipality has shown in the project. Efficient transport is of fundamental importance for the forest industry’s competitiveness and development.
Through the expansion, SCA will become an even larger customer in the port and will secure a solid demand for port services and corresponding port fees for a long time.
Are all permits now ready for the investment?
You are expanding the plant and replacing an oil-fired lime kiln with one that is fired by biofuels. How will the plant’s emissions of fossil carbon dioxide be affected?
We currently consume 8,000 m3 fuel oil in the lime kilns and this will be entirely replaced by biofuel. In the future, fuel oil will only be needed for the start-up of lime kilns and boilers, as well as a support fuel in certain production situations. Carbon dioxide emissions from fossil fuels will decline by more than 20,000 tonnes per year.
How will other environmental parameters be affected? NOX? COD? Odor? Noise? Traffic – during the construction time and after?
In the most recent ten-year period, SCA has invested in modernizing the pulp mill, which has resulted in an environmental performance that is of absolute world class. The exceptions are the lime kilns, but as a result of the investment, we are removing the fossil fuel there and also reducing particle emissions significantly.