Touching Everyday Lives – Kevitsa mine, Finland

Enduring the Arctic challenges, Kevitsa Mine, First Quantum Minerals, Finland

Kevitsa, Finland

Project facts

Client: First Quantum Minerals (Australia) Pty Ltd

Country: Finland

Estimated resources: 240 million tonnes (measured and indicated)

Reserves: 160 million tonnes

Nickel-platinum concentrate: 85,000 tpy

Copper-gold concentrate: 70,000 tpy

Mining metals for everlasting bonds...

Through an acquisition in 2008, First Quantum Minerals Ltd. (FQM) gained rights to the sulphide nickel and copper deposits at Kevitsa, Finland. After FQM completed the basic engineering in 2009, they realised they needed a local partner for engineering, procurement and construction management (EPCM) services.

Pöyry’s project implementation solution nicely complemented FQM’s overall vision for the Kevitsa mine.

Initially, Pöyry completed basic engineering for the processes and plant layout for the concentration plant, taking the harsh Arctic conditions into consideration. The second phase included detailed civil engineering, electrification and automation. Pöyry coordinated all local equipment procurements and construction contracts.

Parallel to the 5 million tonnes per year project implementation, FQM initiated efforts to double the production. Pöyry was given responsibility to prepare the necessary permit documentation, which was granted in July 2014.

Production at the Kevitsa mine started in June 2012. Pöyry provided invaluable experience with the severe Arctic challenges, and the team was also very helpful and experienced in preparing the environmental permits.   

The good relationship that was forged during the project continues with on-going engineering, electrification and permitting projects.

Kevitsa mine is currently owned and operated by Boliden.