CNGR Finland, a joint venture established in May 2022, received environmental and operating permits for its battery material factory in Hamina on Monday morning. The regional administrative agency of Southern Finland, Avi, granted the permits after determining that the factory met the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act, the Waste Act, and the Nature Conservation Act. CEO Thorsten Lahrs stated that this was a significant milestone for the company and would help establish a key competence center for the battery industry in the region.
The environmental permit allows for production of approximately 60,000 tons of battery chemicals per year and energy production for its own needs. The Water Act includes a permit defining emission limit values for waste water and exhaust gases. The factory will produce cathode-active material, which is used to make electric car batteries. Plans are also underway to establish a factory in Kotka to produce cathode-active material and build a battery cluster in the Kotka-Hamina region to cover the entire value chain of battery production. Additionally, CNGR plans to establish a raw material pretreatment and recycling plant in connection with the battery material factory.
The appeal period for Avi’s decision ends on March 20, 2024.