The environmental permit and production permit were granted to Hamina’s battery material factory by the regional administrative agency of Southern Finland, Avi, on Monday morning. According to Avi’s decision, the factory meets the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act, Waste Act, and Nature Conservation Act.
CNGR Finland established in May 2022 with 60 percent ownership by Chinese CNGR Advanced Material and 40 percent ownership by Suomen Malmijalostus Oy is a joint venture that will allow for the production of approximately 60,000 tons of battery chemicals per year and energy for its own needs. The precursor of cathodic active material will be produced at the factory which is used to make the main raw material for electric car batteries.
Avi’s decision also includes a permit in accordance with the Water Act and defines emission limit values for waste water and exhaust gases. There are plans for a factory in the Kotka area to produce cathode-active material, and a battery cluster is being built in the Kotka–Hamina region to implement battery production covering the entire value chain. In addition, CNGR plans 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.