Mining and ore processing
Ore is first mined at the open pit mine, then crushed, agglomerated, transported and stacked to the bioleaching heaps.
High quality ores are becoming rarer. The accelerating demand for base metals challenges the global economy and sustainability. Are there ways to produce more with less?
We have a great asset at our disposal: bioheapleaching – a cleaner production technology. This process uses natural bacteria in the leaching of sulphide minerals.
The Sotkamo deposits are one of the largest known sulphide nickel and zinc deposit in Europe. Our products are streamlined for the raw material flows in battery and stainless steel industries. We want to take an active role in zinc markets, also by developing new product uses. And we will continue on our innovative road for decades to come.
In 2017, we will provide our customers with 80,000 tonnes of nickel, zinc, cobalt and copper contained worldwide. Modern logistics solutions link our operations to global trade with efficient container shipping routes. This reduces the carbon footprint and further decreases needs for working capital in the metals supply chain.
We believe that the market is ready for renewal. Together, we will create more cost-efficient ways to explore natural resources. We will also discover cleaner ways to fulfil the needs of the modern way of life. We at Terrafame are leading this change – by extracting innovation.