Over the next two years, Swedish metal producer Boliden will invest in expanding its copper-nickel production sites in Finland. The company will spend 80 million ($98.65 million) to raise output at its Kevitsa copper-nickel mine and 45 million to expand capacity of the Harjavalta copper-nickel smelter.
Metal ore output from the Kevitsa copper-nickel mine will rise 27% to 9.5 million tonnes per year following the construction of a new autogenous mill and new mill house. The upgrade will be achieved in the first quarter of 2021.
Copper cathode output at the Harjavalta smelter and Pori refinery is projected to reach 170,000 tonnes per year in the first quarter of 2020 following the expansion, compared to the existing capacity of 135,000 tpy.
The expansion will enable Boliden to process all of its internal copper anode output. The company currently sells 15,000 tonnes of anodes to external smelters.