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The production, export and import of wood pellets decreased in 2016 compared to the previous year, while a new record was set for producers’ pellet deliveries to customers. The figures are based on Luke’s statistics on wood pellets.

Photo: Erkki Oksanen, Luke

“A total of 271,000 tonnes of wood pellets were produced in Finland in 2016, which was 10 per cent less than during the previous year. Production decreased for the second year in a row. The highest production volume, 373,000 tonnes, was recorded in 2008”, explains Senior Statistician Esa Ylitalo from Luke.

Exports and imports decreased

The volume of wood pellet exports – 34,000 tonnes – decreased by just over 40 per cent on the previous year and was the lowest recorded so far. Imports also fell by approximately one sixth compared to the previous year, amounting to 50,000 tonnes. A total of 98 per cent of the imported pellets originated from Russia, while most of the exports were sold to Denmark and Sweden. The apparent consumption of wood pellets (production + imports – exports) in Finland amounted to 286,000 tonnes in 2016.

New record in domestic pellet deliveries

Deliveries based on pellet manufacturers’ domestic pellet production grew to 302,000 tonnes and amounted to more than ever before, due to the drop in exports and the selling of accrued stocks. The volume of wood pellets delivered to heat and power plants grew by one third on the previous year and amounted to 244,000 tonnes. On the other hand, the volume of wood pellets delivered to households and farms has stabilised at 58,000 tonnes in recent years.

Background to the statistics

The statistics on wood pellets cover annual data on wood pellet production, foreign trade and deliveries based on domestic pellet production. Production data is collected from all known wood pellet manufacturers in Finland. The data on wood pellet exports and imports is based on the foreign trade statistics of Finnish Customs.