Boliden Kevitsa Mining Oy


Boliden Kevitsa Mining Oy is a company engaged in mining operations. The mine located in Sodankylä is one of the largest in Finland in terms of ore extraction rates. In 2015, the company operated under the name of FQM Kevitsa Mining Oy, and was owned by Canadian First Quantum Minerals Ltd. Following a corporate acquisition in 2016, the company’s ownership was transferred to the Boliden Mineral AB.


Toiminta-alue: Sodankylä

Yhteystiedot vastuullisuusasioissa:

Ulla Syrjälä
+358 (016) 451 100 (switchboard)

The company in figures in 2015

  • Tuotantomäärä: A total amount of 151,481 tonnes concentrate: nickel concentrate, 90,034 tonnes, copper concentrate, 61,447 tonnes
  • Kokonaislouhinta: 37.0 million tonnes (ore 18%, waste rock 82%)
  • Raportoidut malmivarat: 141.1 million tonnes (nickel sulphide, 0.27%; copper, 0.41%; gold 0.12g/t; palladium, 0.17g/t; and platinum, 0.23g/t)
  • Raportoidut mineraalivarannot: 103,1 million tonnes (nickel sulphide, 0.29%; copper, 0.43%; gold 0.10g/t; palladium, 0.11g/t; and platinum, 0.15g/t)
  • Toiminnan aloitusvuosi: 2012
  • Kaivoksen arvioitu jäljellä oleva elinikä: 15-20 years
  • Kaivosalueen pinta-ala: 1,420 hectares
  • Malminetsintäalueen pinta-ala: No exploration; see a separate exploration company
  • Omien työntekijöiden määrä: 372
  • Työntekijöiden pääasialliset asuinkunnat: Sodankylä 75%, Kemijärvi 3%, Rovaniemi 6%, Inari 5%, and Kittilä 3%. Oulu 2%
  • Vakituisten urakoitsijoiden määrä: 345
  • Käyttökate EBITDA: USD 42 million
  • Maksettu yhteisövero: EUR 0 (on account of the payback of investments. While the payback is ongoing, the company pays no corporation tax.)


Yrityksen ympäristökäytannöt:
  • Location in a nature reserve: no
  • Environmental management system: no
  • An environmental impact assessment required (in accordance with the EIA Act): yes
  • Dust measurement: yes
  • Noise measurement: yes
  • Vibration measurement: yes
  • Environmental risk assessment: yes
  • Deviations from the environmental permit (2015)*: yes
  • Environmental collateral exists: yes
  • Closure plan for the mine exists: yes
  • Plan for controlled shutdown of the mine in unexpected situations: yes
Deviations from the environmental permit have been related to sanitary effluent treatment plant and to exceeding the limit value of nickel content in the waters coming from the waste rock area. There haven’t been limit exceedances in the waters directed off from the mine.

Keskeiset tunnusluvut:

  • Amount of extractive waste: 37 million tonnes (tailings A+B 17.6 %; waste rock 82.1%; surface soil, moraine and moraine with an Ni content, a total of approximately 0.3%)
  • Utilisation of waste rock: 2% of waste rock is used.
  • Fuel consumption: 295.41GWh
  • Other energy consumption (electricity and heat production): electricity 329GWh (the proportions of renewable and non-renewable energy sources are unknown); heat production 12.32GWh (6% non-renewable, 94% renewable)
  • Water consumption: 26.4 million m3 (of which natural raw water accounts for 3.6%)
  • Number of dams in the mining area: 5 (2 in Class 1, 2 in Class 2, and 1 in Class 3)
  • Number of endangered species occurring in the operational area: 1 species
  • Use of chemicals dangerous to the environment: sodium ethyl xanthate (SEX) 270t, sodium isopropyl xanthate (SIPX) 22, and potassium ethyl xanthate (PAX) 135t
  • Compensating for smews and eagles by setting up nesting boxes and platforms in the neighbouring Natura2000 protection area. The breeding success  in the nests and the birds inhabiting them is monitored annually, both in connection with nest maintenance carried out in late winter and on visits during the breeding season when the breeding success is also possible to monitor.
  • The impact of blasts to the behaviour of birds living in the Koitelainen Natura area is also monitored. While blasting was carried out in the mining area, the behaviour of birds was monitored and videotaped three times in connection with bird counts carried out during the breeding and migration season in 2015. The impact of the blasting on migrating birds and the broods of waterfowl in the northern and north-eastern sections of Lake Satojärvi is estimated to be non-existent or very slight, and in the southern sections of the lake, no direct impact was perceived. Blasting carried out during production has not been observed to impact the breeding bird population or its breeding success.

Personnel and safety

Yrityksen henkilöstökäytännöt:
  • Employee initiative programme exists: yes
  • Goal and development dialogue programme covering the entire personnel: yes
  • Personnel training plan: no
  • Equality plan: no
  • Personnel representation in company management: no
  • Occupational and safety management system: yes
  • Everyone  working in the area has an occupational safety card: yes
  • Company rescue unit: yes
* Not certified; also applied to contractors

Keskeiset tunnusluvut vuonna:


  • Average number of training days per year: 2.5 days / employee
  • Absence due to sickness (excluding contractors): 5.1%
  • Lost-time injury frequency rate: 4,68 accidents per 1,000,000 working hours (accidents leading to a loss of more than one shift)
  • Working time systems currently in use: an 8-hour working time system, 12-hour working time system, flexitime system, working day system (Mon to Fri), 10:4 system (10 days of work, 4 days of leisure)

Impact on the use of the neighbouring areas and the sources of livelihood

Vaikutukset paikallisiin elinkeinoihin: 1,420 hectares of the mine is located to reindeer herding area of the Oraniemi Reindeer Owners’ Association (totalling 0.4% of the area of the association). Mining area is fenced, but reindeer nevertheless stray in the mine area. The reindeer fence is checked and maintained on a regular basis by local reindeer herders. Detriments to reindeer herding are compensated financially annually in accordance with an agreement. The municipality, inhabitants of neighbouring areas, land owners, professional fishermen, environmental organisations and reindeer owners’ associations are taken into account in the stakeholder collaboration.

Vaikutukset lähialueen virkistyskäyttöön:

According to the assessment of the company itself, its activities has impacted the recreational use of the neighbouring areas. The operation has mainly impacted berry picking and hunting. The mining area has been, and still is, an area where moose are hunted, and today moose might run against the fence.. Berry picking is assumed to decreased in the immediate vicinity of the mining concession.

Vaikutukset maisema-arvoon:

Landscape values have been taken into account in the operations of the company. A landscaping plan has been included in the mine closure plan.

Interaction with stakeholders


  • The company arranges open-door days and evening meetings irregularly
  • The company receives visitors
  • The company offers summer jobs to young people and training opportunities for teachers
  • According to the company’s own assessment, the form of collaboration with the reindeer owners’ associations has been good. The Oraniemi Reindeer Owners’ Association reports that interaction has been fairly  good.
  • Interaction with stakeholders is characterised by a generally peaceful and neutral perception of mining
  • The company supports local education, youth work and sport/recreation activities as well as environmental and cultural activities
  • While a channel for providing feedback is available to stakeholders, there are no actual practices in place for processing such feedback

Tutkimus- ja yhteistyöhankkeet:

  • Management systems for extractive waste (KaiHaMe)
  • Development, Evaluation and Optimization of Measures to Reduce the Impact on the Environment from Mining Activities in Northern Regions (MIN-NORTH)
  • Regional innovations in Nordic Arctic and Scotland with special focus on regions with large scale projects (REGINA)