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The production, exports and imports of wood pellets increased in 2017 compared to the previous year. The amount of pellets imported was larger than ever before. Domestic pellet deliveries and domestic pellet consumption reached a new record level as well. This information is shown by the latest wood pellet statistics of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

– A total of 324,000 tonnes of wood pellets were produced in Finland in 2017, which was one fifth more than during the previous year. The volume, however, was the third largest ever. The highest production volume, 373,000 tonnes, was recorded even in 2008, says Senior Statistician Esa Ylitalo of the Natural Resources Institute Finland (Luke).

Wood pellets. (Photo: Erkki Oksanen)

Exports and imports increased in 2017

In the long term, the exports of wood pellets have decreased whereas imports have increased. In 2017, the amount of imported wood pellets increased by over 70 per cent to 87 000 tonnes from the previous year and was larger than ever before. Almost all of the imported pellets originated from Russia. Most of the exports were sold to Sweden and Denmark. Compared to the previous year, exports increased by 8 per cent to 37,000 tonnes.

New record in domestic pellet deliveries

Deliveries based on pellet manufacturers’ domestic production grew almost to 350,000 tonnes, which is the highest volume ever. The volume of wood pellets delivered to heating and power plants grew by approximately one fifth on the previous year and amounted almost to 290,000 tonnes. The volume of wood pellets delivered for small-scale use grew by 6 per cent to 62,000 tonnes.

– In recent years, new large-scale heating plants have been built and old plants have been converted to use pellets. Due to this, the apparent consumption of ood pellets, i.e. the sum of production and imports less exports, increased to over 370,000 tonnes in 2017, which is unprecedented, Ylitalo says.

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