Image: Boliden/Tomas Westermark

Image: Boliden/Tomas Westermark

28 Apr 2020

NIB finances Boliden’s expansion investments in Sweden and Finland

NIB and the Swedish mining and smelting company Boliden have signed a loan of EUR 100 million to finance investments at the Kevitsa mine in Finnish Lapland and at the Rönnskär smelter in northern Sweden.

The eight-year loan will finance the expansion of mining activities at Kevitsa in northern Finland, where copper, nickel, gold, platinum and palladium are mined. The expansion of the open pit will lead to an output increase of almost 20%.

Further, Boliden is investing in a new leaching plant at the Rönnskär copper smelter in northern Sweden. The plant will extract metal from residual material. Up to 50,000 tons of waste that is generated by the smelter operations will be upgraded each year and transformed into an additional output of lead sulphate and copper/zinc sulphate.

“Mining plays a significant role in economic output, employment and labour productivity in the Arctic region. The investments will increase competitiveness and resource efficiency, and will help Boliden to process waste material in a more effective way”, says Henrik Normann, NIB President & CEO.

Base metals such as copper and nickel are expected to play a key role in the climate transition, as technologies used to phase out fossil fuels contain more of these metals. The investments will contribute to a more environmentally friendly production of copper and nickel.

Boliden is a Swedish mining and smelting company that mainly produces copper, zinc, nickel, lead, gold and silver. The company is headquartered in Stockholm and has operations in Sweden, Finland, Norway and Ireland. Boliden employs approximately 6,000 people.

NIB is an international financial institution owned by eight member countries: Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Latvia, Lithuania, Norway and Sweden. The Bank finances private and public projects in and outside the member countries. NIB has the highest possible credit rating, AAA/Aaa, with the leading rating agencies Standard & Poor’s and Moody’s.

For further information, please contact

Mr Lars Synnes, Senior Manager, Origination, at +358 10 618 0504, lars.synnes@nib.int

Ms Lisa-Maria Altenberger, Communications Unit, at +358 10 618 0234, lisa-maria.altenberger@nib.int