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Mines

The Boliden Area

Mineral rich mines on historical land

The first gold discovery, which laid the foundation for our business, was in the Boliden area in the mineral rich Skellefteå field in Västerbotten in northern Sweden. Since starting production in the 1920s, we've mined ore in almost 30 mines.

Today the area is home to the Renström, Kristineberg and Kankberg underground mines, as well as the Maurliden open-pit mine. With the exception of Kankberg, complex sulphide ores, which contain zinc, copper, lead, gold and silver, are produced by all the mines. The area also has a concentrator and a leaching plant for gold and tellurium production. The concentrates are then delivered to our own smelters, lead smelters in Europe and tellurium customers in Asia. 

The Boliden Area in figures

  • Established: 1925
  • Operating profit : 548 SEK m (2016)
  • Number of employees: 580
  • Type of mine: underground mines and open pits
  • Mine depth: 1,445 metres (the Renström mine)
  • Mine depth: 1,313 metres (the Kristineberg mine)
  • Mine depth: 500 metres (the Kankberg mine)
  • Mine depth: 140 metres (the Maurliden mine)

Did you know that...

Renström in the Boliden area is Sweden's deepest mine; in March 2017 it reached a depth of 1445 metres, equivalent to four Eiffel Towers on top of one another.

The mine opened in 1952, and complex ores containing zinc, copper, lead, gold and silver are mined there. 

Boliden area production, 2016

In 2016, around 2.138 ktonnes of ore were processed to form metal concentrates containing zinc, copper, lead, gold, silver and tellurium.

Complete production figures can be found in the Annual Report.

 

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The digital mine

Our mines are among the safest in the world. Because automation allows us to make workplaces that are already safe even safer for our employees, our mines are becoming increasingly digitized.

At Boliden, we are currently conducting a unique initiative to develop automation in mines. It is taking place in a cross-functional programme with employees from the entire group together with partners such as Volvo, Ericsson, Atlas Copco, Sandvik and ABB.

The goal is to keep production running non-stop round-the-clock, but the greatest gain is improved safety. 

Contact us

The Boliden Area

Finnforsvägen 4, SWE-936 32 Boliden

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Contact

Boliden Head Office

Klarabergsviadukten 90
111 52 Stockholm, Sweden
Tel: +46 8 654 00 00
Fax: +46 654 80 90
E-post: info@boliden.com