CNGR Finland, a joint venture established in May 2022, has received an environmental permit and a permit 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.
Production at the factory is scheduled to begin in the next few years. Thorsten Lahrs, CEO of CNGR Finland, stated that this environmental permit is a significant milestone for them and essential for establishing a key competence center for the battery industry in the region.
The factory will produce precursors of cathodic active material used to make electric car batteries. There are plans for a factory in Kotka to produce cathode-active material, and a battery cluster is being built in Kotka–Hamina 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.