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Holmen and Vänersborg Municipality have signed a declaration of intent so that Vänersborg Municipality will take over Holmen's industrial property in Wargön at a price of SEK 16.7 million. This declaration of intent is valid provided that approval is obtained from the municipal executive board in Vänersborg Municipality at the meeting on 7 April 2010. The parties aim to sign a final agreement by 1 July 2010 at the latest.

According to the declaration of intent, Holmen will undertake to complete the demolition work already started and will also demolish other buildings, with the exception of the head office and staff centre. One prerequisite for signing a final agreement is that the environmental measures ordered by the authorities are carried out.

By taking over Holmen's industrial property, Vänersborg Municipality wishes to create the right conditions for establishing port operations and industries that provide future employment in the municipality.

For further information please contact:
Lars Winter, Mill Manager, Wargön Mill, tel. +46 521 277 570, mobile +46 702 07 51 13
Ingela Carlsson, Public Relations Director, Holmen, tel. +46 702 12 97 12

In its capacity as issuer, Holmen AB is releasing the information in this press release in accordance with Chapter 17 of the Swedish Securities Market Act (2007:528). The information was distributed to the media for publication at 09.00 CET on Thursday 25 March 2010.

The Holmen Group

Holmen is a forest industry group that manufactures printing paper, paperboard and sawn timber and runs forestry and energy production operations. The company’s extensive forest holdings and its high proportion of energy production are strategically important resources for its future growth.

Holmen AB

Tel: 08-666 21 00

E-post: info@holmen.com

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