The Lappish mire surrenders

In English  · Published 05.10.2016

The timber terminal contract at Kemijärvi is a complex show of force of Destia people in the north.

“I think that it’s over there, the bog pool where I got my shoes wet just one year ago when I visited the forest,” says Juha Schönberg, Destia’s Project Manager, smiling and pointing at the side of the timber terminal.

All edges of the terminal field are surrounded with an uphill slope of a couple of meters or even almost ten meters, with dry heath forest grow-ing on top. In the direction to which Schönberg is pointing, a fascinating cross-section shows the thick peat layer of the patch of swamp which has not yet had the time to dry up right there and now.

The timber terminal spans an area of almost
15 hectares in total.

We are standing between two nearly completed track banks near the edge of the timber terminal spanning an area of almost 15 hectares in total. Just a couple of dozen meters further back the terminal is ready enough that a train could already drive to the area.

The cross-section and the forest surrounding the terminal remind you of the vastness of the site. The terminal field is now completely even, prepared for train traffic and three tracks. Just one year ago, the hilly heath forest and swampy mire between the ridges alternated here as well.

The timber terminal serves to promote the transport of tree timber from eastern Lapland by removing the timber terminal from the centre of the city of Kemijärvi, where it was located until now. The terminal field which has now been cleared is located in the old Kemijärvi pulp mill plot. Stora Enso closed down the factory in 2008, but the forests still provide for Lapland.

Keitele Group’s Lappi Timber sawmill and gluelam beam factory is located next to the timber terminal. Studies are just being conducted as to whether a new biorefinery could appear next to the sawmill and the timber terminal. Based on preliminary information, it might provide work for up to one thousand employees.

“Lappi Timber has been a good neighbour as, thanks to it, we haven’t had to go far to get timber for our project,” Schönberg says.

The Patokangas terminal project is a very extensive Destia site. Destia experts from various parts of the company have participated in the project. The terminal project covers the complete substructure replacement of the track leading to the area, the substructures of the three tracks in the area and, as a separate project, the construction of the bank for a 700-meter private track for Lappi Timber. Also the terminal area of approximately twelve hectares is included in the project.


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