The construction of the Fintoil refinery is set to begin in early 2021 in the Port of Hamina-Kotka, a chemicals port in Hamina, Finland. The Fintoil site covers over 50.000 square meters (approximately 540.000 square feet). The port has a huge container terminal and is already now specialized in the handling and storage of liquids.
Special attention has been paid to traffic and transportation connections: Fintoil has access to an electrified rail connection, 3 kilometres of loading docks and 27 spaces for ships to moor. Motorway E18 runs right next to the port.
The production process of the refinery is based on fractional distillation in which heat energy and negative pressure are used to distil the raw material to its constituents, separating the wanted fractions. The process was developed already in 1913 by the famous Finnish chemist Alfons Hellström in the nearby Enso-Gutzeit plants in Kotka, a stone’s throw from Fintoil’s refinery. In a sense, Alfons’s legacy is now returning home.
Two thirds of the production will be geared towards renewable fuels and the remaining third towards other sustainable, renewable products.
Our plant will start its operations in the summer of 2022 with a feed capacity of 200.000 tons of crude tall oil. Fintoil will be the fourth largest crude tall oil refiner with a market share of 10 %. In the future, the feed capacity can be increased.
The technologically advanced and energy-friendly production process is delivered by Neste Engineering Solutions. This cooperation gives Fintoil access to NEXPINUS™ technology which is tailored for the production of second-generation renewable bio diesel.