In a major development for the battery industry, Avi, the regional administrative agency of Southern Finland, granted an environmental permit and a permit to start operations to Hamina’s battery material factory on Monday morning. The CEO of CNGR Finland, Thorsten Lahrs, stated that this is a big milestone for them and will help establish a key competence center for the industry in the region.
The factory, which will produce approximately 60,000 tons of battery chemicals per year and energy for its own needs, was granted an environmental permit under the Environmental Protection Act, Waste Act, and Nature Conservation Act. The decision by Avi includes a permit in accordance with the Water Act and defines emission limit values for waste water and exhaust gases.
Production at the factory is scheduled to begin in the next few years as announced by CNGR Finland. The company is a joint venture established in May 2022 with 60 percent ownership by Chinese CNGR Advanced Material and 40 percent ownership by Suomen Malmijalostus Oy.
There are plans for another factory in Kotka to produce cathode-active material and a battery cluster is being built in Kotka-Hamina region to implement battery production covering the entire value chain. CNGR also plans a raw material pretreatment and recycling plant in connection with the battery material factory.
The appeal period for Avi’s decision ends on March 20th, 2024.