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