Swedish miner Boliden has announced a €40-million expansion of its nickel operations at Harjavalta, Finland.
The expansion in the nickel line at the nickel smelter will increase the feed capacity from 310 000 t/y to 370 000 t/y of raw material.
The expansion consists of a new concentrate dryer, increased capacity in the electric smelting furnace and granulation, as well as automated tapping of molten metal.
"We are now continuing on our nickel strategy that began in 2015. The investment strengthens our productivity and competitiveness while further improving our already very strong environmental performance," said Boliden president of business area smelter Daniel Peltonen.
The investment will mainly be implemented in 2021.
The expansion will lower Harjavalta's carbon dioxide intensity per tonne of nickel produced by between 15% and 20%.