The regional administrative agency of Southern Finland, Avi, has granted an environmental permit and a permit to start operations to Hamina’s battery material factory. This is a major milestone for CNGR Finland, a joint venture established in May 2022, with 60 percent ownership by Chinese CNGR Advanced Material and 40 percent ownership by Suomen Malmijalostus Oy.
The environmental permit allows the production of approximately 60,000 tons of battery chemicals per year and the production of 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 the precursor of cathodic active material, used to make the main raw material for electric car batteries.
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. CNGR also 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. The CEO of CNGR Finland, Thorsten Lahrs, stated that this environmental permit is important for the formation of a key competence center for the battery industry in the region.