N.R. Energy, one of Estonia's largest importers of bitumen, is investigating the possibilities of building a €35 million bitumen production factory in Aseri, in Lääne-Viru County. According to the plans, up to 150 new jobs will be created in Viru-Nigula municipality with the establishment of the factory.
N.R. Energy wants to build a 10 hectare bitumen production factory with a tank farm in the port of Aseri. The location allows the factory workers to use road, sea and railways as a transportation connection.
Ahto Tisler, CEO of N.R. Energy, said the project is currently in the initial preparatory phase. He added the company was contacted by the local government to discuss and present the plans.
Tisler explained: "Before bringing in the construction vehicles, we need at least two years of planning, assessing and project process. According to the most optimistic plan, the first tons of bitumen in Aseri can be established around in 2025."
According to the initial calculations, the bitumen production factory will cost about €35 million. Although, the final cost of the project will be specified during the construction design and will depend on input price changes in the coming years. The main financier of the project is N.R. Energy.
Einar Vallbaum, the mayor of Viru-Nigula municipality, said the creation of new jobs will create a welcoming atmosphere around the area but setting up the factory needs to have a preliminary and thorough planning process.
During the process, the changes in the environment will be assessed and all relevant interest groups will be heard.
In addition to bitumen, N.R. Energy supplies network areas with thermal energy all over Estonia since 1997. The company is under a private capital and sells more than unmanned remote and local boiler houses.
Editor: Katriin Eikin Sein