Terrafame has submitted to the Kainuu ELY Centre a notification compliant with section 123 of the Environmental Protection Act regarding the commissioning of gypsum pond no. 3 3.11.2020 15:49

Terrafame has taken into use the new gypsum pond (KS3) even though it does not have an environmental permit yet. Water is reduced from Terrafame’s process circulation with a neutralisation process that is used during rainy periods. When the neutralisation process is used, gypsum precipitate is created. Terrafame’s current gypsum ponds are becoming full, which is why the company has to take into use the new pond in order to ensure environmental safety.

The new gypsum pond KS3 was designed and built in compliance with requirements and for this very purpose. Terrafame has applied for an environmental permit for gypsum pond KS3 in August 2017. The permit decision was expected to be made by the autumn of 2020, but it has been delayed, which is why the new pond has to be taken into use before the permit decision.

On 3 November 2020, Terrafame informed the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment of Kainuu (Kainuu ELY Centre) of the matter in compliance with section 123 of the Environmental Protection Act.

Additional information:

CEO Joni Lukkaroinen, Terrafame Ltd, tel. +358 20 713 0890, joni.lukkaroinen(at)terrafame.fi


Terrafame’s purpose is to enhance low-carbon mobility with responsible battery chemicals. Terrafame's integrated production process – which begins in its own mine and ends with battery chemicals on one industrial site – is a unique and energy-efficient entity that provides customers with a transparent, traceable, and truly European battery chemicals production chain. Terrafame will start producing battery chemicals in early 2021 and the new production plant is one of the world's largest production lines for battery chemicals used in EV batteries. The carbon footprint of the nickel sulphate produced by the plant is more than 60% lower than the industry average.

Terrafame Ltd was founded in 2015 and its production facilities are located in Sotkamo, Finland. In 2019, Terrafame’s net sales amounted to EUR 310 million, and the company's industrial site employed approximately 1,500 people, of which around half were employees of its partner companies. www.terrafame.com

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