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ReeMAP - Today's waste becomes tomorrow's resources

Turning Waste Into Resources

With a growing population, the demand for minerals is higher than ever. At LKAB, we have accepted this challenge. Through new, innovative technology, in a fossil-free industrial park, we aim to turn today’s mining waste into tomorrow’s resources.

The ambition of the ReeMAP Industrial Park is to become a centre for the chemical engineering industry in northern Sweden which extracts tomorrow's resources using innovative technology – an industrial park that will set a world-leading standard for clean products, energy efficiency and reduced emissions. Mine waste will become mineral fertilisers, rare earth elements, gypsum and fluorine.

The initiative is a matter of European, national and local concern. New knowledge will be developed while European access to critical raw materials is increased. The industrial park, in collaboration with academia and the local business community, will create jobs and attract unique expertise that will strengthen LKAB's competitive advantage, as well as that of the region, and present opportunities for new collaboration.

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By recovering and upgrading mine waste, the objective of the ReeMAP project is to produce:

  • Phosphorus corresponding to 5 time Sweden's demand
  • Rare Earth Elements  30% of today's demand within the EU, up to 100% of specific REEs.
  • Fluorine for the chemicals industry and medical applications
  • Gypsum to meet demand from all building construction in Sweden

Time plan

  • 2020-2021, Prestudy
  • 2021-2027, Pre-engineering, permits, construction
  • 2027, Full-scale production

Read more on the project web site: www.ree-map.com.