Keliber has submitted the environmental and water permit application to the Regional State Administrative Agency of Inner and Western Finland regarding the Syväjärvi lithium mine.
Keliber applies the environmental permit for the Syväjärvi lithium mine. The permit application includes the ore and waste rock mining, stockpiling the waste rock, construction of the areas needed for the mining operations and the closure and reclamation of the mine area at the end of the operation. The company will also apply permit for drainage of lakes Syväjärvi and Heinäjärvi during the mining operation as required by the Finnish Water Act.
"Our lithium project has reached the important permit application stage. We have been conducting environmental surveys for several years and assessed the impact of our operations on both nature and local residents and communities. Based on the conducted surveys and assessments, we submitted Environmental Impact Assessment report for the mine sites of the lithium province of the Central Ostrobothnia to ELY Center earlier in the spring. We are currently following the prior consultation process. This process has been an important part of the preparation of the Syväjärvi permit application. The prior consultation process has worked excellently in the information exchange between the company and the authorities and has contributed to the flexible progress of the application process, "says CEO Mr. Pertti Lamberg.
The annual maximum of spodumene ore to be mined from Syväjärvi will be 540,000 tonnes. The mined ore is hauled for further processing at the company's Kalavesi concentrator in Kaustinen. In Kalavesi, the ore is crushed, milled and floated to spodumene concentrate, which in turn is transported to the company's chemical plant in Kokkola Industrial Park, where the battery grade lithium carbonate is produced. The company prepares separate environmental permit applications for the Kalavesi concentrator and the Kokkola chemical plant and will submit these to authoritative handling during the coming summer 2018.