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Dragon Mining Surprisingly paused Production in a Finnish Gold Mine

Last summer, the Dragon mining company did not hurry to stop production and estimated that gold exploration in Orivesi will continue for several years to come. Now it is paused. Photo: Dragon Mining
Last summer, the Dragon mining company did not hurry to stop production and estimated that gold exploration in Orivesi will continue for several years to come. Now it is paused. Photo: Dragon Mining
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Markku Björkman - 23 May 2019

The Orivesi mine was founded in 1990, ie it has been operating for almost 30 years. The landfill found in the mine is currently being cleaned. A landfill has been found inside the Orivesi gold mine, which is being cleaned.  The production of the Orivesi mine will be paused. The mining company Dragon Mining says on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange that production is scheduled to be discontinued in May.

The Orivesi mine was founded already in 1990, which has been in operation for almost 30 years. According to the stock exchange release, the company moves to maintain the well and investigates whether gold should be searched.

In April, the mining company said on its website (moving to another service) that the known ore reserves in the Orivesi mine have been almost emptied.

Dragon Mining Country Manager Ilpo Mäkinen tells that the mine's well-known ore reserves have been mined in June.

- During a production break, we conduct exploration underground and on the ground. All environmental work continues as before, Mäkinen writes in an email.

Due to production cessation, the number of workers in the mine will be reduced.

Wastewater monitoring continues

Tuija Sievi-Korte, Head of Environmental Protection Unit at the Pirkanmaa ELY Center, says that according to the information they have received, the production is on a break, but the well is maintained.

Sievi-Korte says that mine wells are pumped dry normally and wastewater monitoring continues.

According to the Geological Survey of Finland, the Orivesi mine produced 150 kilos of gold last year, which is clearly less than in previous years. In total, the mine has produced 17 tons of gold.

The Orivesi gold mine has been in the headlines because of a secret dump found there. An illegal dump was found last fall.

According to the first descriptions, the mine tunnel had oil drums, explosive boxes, plastic and metal.

According to the police, the company is suspected of serious environmental degradation. Joni Länsipuro, Senior Vice President, Research, says that the pre-trial investigation is still ongoing.

The police are awaiting the company's new statement to the ELY Center. Interviews have already been conducted and will continue.