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Numerous exploration activities going on in Sodankylä

Kevitsa Nickel and Copper Mine, Lapland. Photo: Tomas Westermark-Boliden
Kevitsa Nickel and Copper Mine, Lapland. Photo: Tomas Westermark-Boliden
Published by
Markku Björkman - 29 Jan 2019

The mining industry is currently the most significant private sector employer in the number of jobs in the Finnish town of Sodankylä.

The mining cluster in the region includes service providers and subcontractors related to mining, maintenance and exploration as well as geophysical research, education and laboratory services.

Boliden Kevitsa was opened in 2012 and currently offers direct jobs for more than 400 people and if the subcontractors are counted, more than 700 jobs. In Sodankylä, there is also the Pahtavaara Gold Mine that has been opened and closed several times since 2000 and is currently on standby.

Currently, the most significant exploration project is the AA Sakatti Mining Project that has a nickel-copper deposit project it is environmental impact assessment phase. The Sakatti Project is located in a nature protection area and Natura 2000 area.

The Sakatti project has 29 employees and during the planning and exploration season, there are approximately 150 new recruitments when subcontractors are included. There are numerous ongoing exploration activities in Sodankylä. During winter season 2016–2017 there were more than a dozen international companies on practising exploration. In Sodankylä there is also a long history of artificial gold mining.

The property lies in the famous Cobalt province and is approximately 47 km south of the town of Cobalt. The picture shows an old mine in the town of Cobalt. In the early 1900s, the area was heavily mined for silver; the silver ore also contained cobalt. By 1910, the community was the fourth highest producer of silver in the world. Mining declined significantly by the 1930s, together with the local population. In late 2017 one publication referred to Cobalt as a ghost town, but the high demand for cobalt, used in making batteries for mobile devices and electric vehicles, is leading to great interest in the area among mining companies. Photo: Wikipedia, credit: P199
The property lies in the famous Cobalt province and is approximately 47 km south of the town of Cobalt. The picture shows an old mine in the town of Cobalt. In the early 1900s, the area was heavily mined for silver; the silver ore also contained cobalt. By 1910, the community was the fourth highest producer of silver in the world. Mining declined significantly by the 1930s, together with the local population. In late 2017 one publication referred to Cobalt as a ghost town, but the high demand for cobalt, used in making batteries for mobile devices and electric vehicles, is leading to great interest in the area among mining companies. Photo: Wikipedia, credit: P199

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Sotkamo Silver consists of the parent company, Sotkamo Silver AB, with one wholly-owned subsidiary in Finland: Sotkamo Silver Oy. Sotkamo Silver develops silver, gold and zinc deposits in the Nordic region. The Company has completed the Definitive Feasibility Study for the Silver Mine project and is working on project financing issues. Photo: Sotkamo Silver
Sotkamo Silver consists of the parent company, Sotkamo Silver AB, with one wholly-owned subsidiary in Finland: Sotkamo Silver Oy. Sotkamo Silver develops silver, gold and zinc deposits in the Nordic region. The Company has completed the Definitive Feasibility Study for the Silver Mine project and is working on project financing issues. Photo: Sotkamo Silver

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