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The Hamina battery material factory, owned by CNGR Finland, has been granted an environmental permit and a permit to start operations by the regional administrative agency of Southern Finland, Avi. According to Avi’s decision, the factory meets the requirements of the Environmental Protection Act, the Waste Act, and the Nature Conservation Act.

CNGR Finland is 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 factory will produce 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 production of cathode-active material is one of several stages involved in electric car battery production. This precursor material is used to make the main raw material for electric car batteries. There are plans for a factory in Kotka to produce cathode-active material as well as a battery cluster being built in the Kotka-Hamina region to implement battery production covering the entire value chain. Additionally, CNGR plans a raw material pretreatment and recycling plant in connection with its battery material factory.

Avi’s decision is considered an important milestone for CNGR Finland as it marks their formation of a key competence center for the battery industry in Southern Finland. The appeal period for Avi’s decision ends on March 20th, 2024.

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