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, used to make the main raw material for electric car batteries.
Avi has stated 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 CNGR Finland, Thorsten Lahrs, stated that this environmental permit is a significant milestone for them and is essential for establishing a key competence center for the battery industry in the region.
CNGR Finland is a joint venture established in May 2022 with 60% ownership by Chinese CNGR Advanced Material and 40% ownership by Suomen Malmijalostus Oy. 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 according to the Water Act and defines emission limit values for waste water and exhaust gases.
There are plans to establish a factory in Kotka to produce cathode-active material, with a battery cluster being built in Kotka–Hamina region to implement battery production covering the entire value chain. In addition to these plans, CNGR also intends to establish a raw material pretreatment and recycling plant in connection with their battery material factory. The appeal period for Avi’s decision ends on March 20th, 2024.