Keliber announced that it has received permission to start preparatory work for open-pit mining at the Syväjärvi lithium asset.
Keliber announced that it has received permission from the Regional Administrative Agency of Western and Inland Finland to start preparatory work for open-pit mining at the Syväjärvi lithium asset.
Preparatory work will begin after the company has gotten permission to use the mining area in accordance with the country’s Mining Act.
As quoted in the press release:
The right to initiate the activities under the environmental permit includes the construction of the water management structures, excavation of ditches, removal and stockpiling of overburden, waste rock mining (up to 190,000 tonnes) and crushing of waste rock to be used in the construction of roads, operational areas and dams. The permit also includes the management of drainage water through water management structures in accordance with the environmental permit decision, and the construction of the lake base sediment storage area, landfill and operational areas, as well as construction of the office and maintenance areas.
The Regional Administrative Agency did not grant the company an authorization to prepare the draining of Syväjärvi and Heinäjärvi lakes pursuant to the Water Act. The Regional Administrative Agency states that the conditions required by the Water Act for granting a permit do not exist at this stage, but Keliber may request an enforcement order to drain the lakes later when the preparations of the project proceed.
Pertti Lamberg, CEO of Keliber, commented:
We are pleased that we have received a decision from the Regional Administrative Agency. We will continue the preparations according our plans and the now received decision.