VR Transpoint to ensure wood supply of Metsa Group's new Kemi bioproduct mill
March 5, 2021
The number of wood transports by rail will be increasing significantly in Finland from 2023 onwards when the bioproduct mill in Kemi is commissioned. This means annual deliveries of more than 5 million m3 of wood, for which Metsä Group has chosen VR Transpoint as its transport partner. The logistics solution has been fine-tuned in close cooperation already for more than two years.
Due to the increased use of wood, it must be transported from wider areas, from north and south of Kemi, but these transports are done with considerably fewer emissions.
Although the distance travelled by the wood deliveries increases, emissions are reduced by 20% per cubic metre due to effective railway transports.
In practice, eight to ten trains will arrive at the Kemi bioproduct mill every day. The efficiency of the transport system is based on perfectly fine-tuned wagon rotation: the time between two consecutive loadings, including all the stages, takes only half the time of an average wood transport.
Due to the new contract, VR Transpoint is investing in approximately 200 new roundwood wagons. The bioproduct mill's railway transports will require a total of more than 400 wagons. The newest electric and diesel locomotives will be used as the tractive stock. The new electric locomotives can handle loads of up to 2,500 tonnes, which means approximately 20-25% more wood per train.