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October, the5th 2010

Stora Enso continues to expand in solid biofuels

Stora Enso is continuing to expand in solid biofuels by investing EUR 10 million in starting pellet production at Imavere Sawmill in Estonia. The pellet plant project will commence in the fourth quarter of 2010 and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2011.

“This investment is part of our strategy to grow in solid biofuels with the aim of becoming the leading integrated supplier of pellets in Northern Europe. With this investment we are targeting industrial and residential customers through our already established distribution and marketing channels, for example in Sweden, which is the largest pellet market in Europe. Imavere is also very well located to start serving the pellet market in southern Finland,” says Hannu Kasurinen, EVP, Stora Enso Wood Products.

The annual capacity of the plant will be 100 000 tonnes of pellets. The pellet production will be fully self-sufficient in raw material and will utilise by-products from the sawmill and further processing operations.

“Imavere is one of our core sawmill sites, with a strong business concept and good basis for future development. Through this investment we will further enhance the sawmill's long-term competitiveness,” says Hannu Kasurinen.

The annual capacity of Imavere Sawmill is 400 000 m3 of sawnwood, joinery components and glue-laminated beams. Stora Enso Wood Products already produces pellets at four sites in Sweden and Russia with total annual capacity 310 000 tonnes.

About Stora Enso:

Stora Enso Wood Products is an internationally operating business and part of the Stora Enso Group, providing a wide portfolio of wood-based products and solutions for building, decorative and packaging uses. With annual sales of EUR 1.5 billion in 2009 Wood Products employs some 4 500 people in 22 production sites in 11 European countries and in several sales and distribution companies around the world.

Stora Enso is a global paper, packaging and wood products company producing newsprint and book paper, magazine paper, fine paper, consumer board, industrial packaging and wood products. The Group is the world leader in forest industry sustainability. We offer our customers solutions based on renewable raw materials. Our products provide a climate-friendly alternative to many non-renewable materials, and have a smaller carbon footprint. Stora Enso is listed in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index and the FTSE4Good Index. Stora Enso employs some 27 000 people worldwide, and our sales in 2009 amounted to EUR 8.9 billion. Stora Enso shares are listed on NASDAQ OMX Helsinki (STEAV, STERV) and Stockholm (STE A, STE R). In addition, the shares are traded in the USA as ADRs (SEOAY) in the International OTCQX over-the-counter market.

For further information, please contact:
Hannu Kasurinen, EVP, Stora Enso Wood Products
tel. +358 2046 21222
Matti Mikkola, SVP, Solid biofuels, Stora Enso Wood Products
tel. +358 2046 21710
Päivi Kauhanen, Director, Communications, tel. +358 50 598 9560
Ulla Paajanen-Sainio, Head of Investor Relations, tel. +358 2046 21242

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