LKAB is pleased with the Land and Environment Court's approval of a permit allowing the company's operations in Svappavaara and iron ore production at Gruvberget to continue. The permit is decisive for LKAB's growth project, which includes three new mines.
The Land and Environment Court delivered its ruling on Friday, 29 November.
"This is very good news for LKAB, our employees and for Norrbotten and Sweden. The ruling shows that LKAB runs an approved operation in compliance with strict environmental requirements," says LKAB's President and CEO, Lars-Eric Aaro.
The permit refers to mining and processing of two million tonnes of iron ore per year. Under the permit, LKAB will also be able to produce 4.5 million tonnes of pellets or other products per year at the company's ore processing facilities in Svappavaara. Also included under the terms of the permit are building extensions which are necessary due to increased production.
LKAB welcomes the Land and Environment Court's decision to suspend a decision concerning permitting terms for emissions to air and discharges to water, which will allow commissioning of a new off-gas treatment plant, resulting thereby in a further reduction in environmental impact.
"The decision will allow us to continue to lower our environmental impact while at the same time increasing production and creating many new jobs," commented Lars-Eric Aaro.
LKAB is implementing an extensive growth programme to open three new mines in the Svappavaara Field, just south of Kiruna. This is Europe's largest iron ore project and it will increase LKAB's annual production of iron ore products by 35 percent to 37 million tonnes. The total investment amounts to 10 billion kronor and will create 700 jobs. Gruvberget, for which permit approval was announced today, is one of the three new mines.