CNGR Finland, a joint venture established in May 2022, has received an environmental permit and permission to start operations for its battery material factory in Hamina. The regional administrative agency of Southern Finland, Avi, granted the permits on Monday morning after determining that the factory meets the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act, the Waste Act, and the Nature Conservation Act.
The CEO of CNGR Finland, Thorsten Lahrs, stated that receiving the environmental permit is a significant milestone for their company and will help establish a key competence center for the battery industry in the region. Production at the factory is expected to begin in the next few years as announced by CNGR Finland.
The environmental permit allows for the production of approximately 60,000 tons of battery chemicals per year and 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. The factory will produce precursors of cathodic active material used to make electric car batteries’ main raw material.
There are plans to build a factory in Kotka that produces cathode-active material and establish a battery cluster in Kotka-Hamina region to implement battery production covering entire value chain. In addition, CNGR also plans to set up a raw material pretreatment and recycling plant connected with battery material factory. The appeal period for Avi’s decision ends on March 20th 2024.