The Chinese company's battery material factory received an environmental permit in Hamina

On Monday morning, Avi, the regional administrative agency of Southern Finland, granted Hamina’s battery material factory an environmental permit and a permit to start operations. In its decision, Avi states that the operation of the factory meets the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act, the Waste Act and the Nature Conservation Act.

Production is scheduled to begin in the next few years, CNGR Finland the announcement states.

“Getting the environmental permit is a big milestone for us in our work going forward. A key competence center for the battery industry is forming in the region, which will have a positive, economic and employment-increasing effect,” says the company’s CEO Thorsten Lahrs.

CNGR Finland is a joint venture established in May 2022, of which the Chinese CNGR Advanced Material owns 60 percent and Suomen Malmijalostus Oy 40 percent.

The permit applies to the production of approximately 60,000 tons of battery chemicals per year, which corresponds to approximately 500,000 electric car batteries (77 kWh) according to CNGR. In addition, with a permit, the factory can produce energy for its own production needs.

Avi’s decision includes a permit in accordance with the Water Act, which concerns the placement of the discharge pipe and dredging in the Hamina water area. Purified waste water is led to the city’s waters along the pipe.

However, 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, Avi’s press release says.

The factory also received a permanent right of use in the area of ​​the unloading pipe and a preparation permit. The preparation permit does not apply to the largest dredging of the project.

Avi defines the emission limit values ​​for waste water and exhaust gases in the environmental permit. Values ​​have been set for, among other things, the emissions of metals, nitrogen and particles that are conducted into water and air. They are based on guidelines for the field of chemistry approved by the European Commission.

The battery material precursor is produced in Hamina

The factory located near the port of Hamina produces the precursor of cathodic active material, i.e. the so-called precursor material (pCAM). It is used to make the actual cathode active material (CAM), which is the main raw material for electric car batteries. About 500 million euros have been invested in the factory.

On the other hand, a factory is planned for the Kotka area, which would produce cathode-active material. It is a powdery end product used in cell factories to make the most valuable part of a battery cell, the cathode.

The goal of the battery cluster to be built in the Kotka–Hamina region is to implement battery production covering the entire value chain, CNGR’s press release promises. The company also plans a raw material pretreatment and recycling plant in connection with the battery material factory.

“The success story of the decade is emerging from the battery industry”, Lahrs enthuses.

Avi’s decision can be appealed by appeal until March 20, 2024.

By Editor

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