Circa Group AS, Vataset Teollisuus Oy and Kemijarvi Biorefinery Ltd. have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to evaluate the establishment of a Circa Furacell?? production facility on the Kemijarvi Biopark in Northern Finland. The plant would manufacture platform chemical levoglucosenone (LGO), biochar and bio-based solvent Cyrene??

from sustainable biomass feedstocks. Vataset is developing the Kemijarvi site as a comprehensive biopark for renewable materials, fuel and chemicals based on circular economy principles and strong environmental values. Kemijarv Biorefinery specialises in biomass processing and the companies are seeking partners to effectively utilise all side streams. Formerly the site of a Stora Enso pulp mill in Northern Finland, the area has a long industrial history with the pulp and paper sector and is close to the natural resources needed to supply a large and sustainable industrial biopark development.