The Vammala Production Centre (‘Vammala Centre”) is located in southern Finland, 160 kilometres northwest of the Finnish capital Helsinki and comprises the Vammala Plant, the operational Jokisivu Gold Mine, Kaapelinkulma Gold Mine and the Orivesi Gold Mine where mining ceased in 2019.
Vammala Production Centre Location
The Vammala Plant is a 300,000 tonne per annum crushing, milling and flotation facility that was recommissioned in June 2007. Since recommissioning, the plant has produced 362,157 ounces of gold in concentrate to the 31 December 2019.
Ore processed through the Vammala Plant is sourced from the Jokisivu Gold Mine, 40 kilometres to the southwest and the Kaapelinkulma Gold Mine, 65 kilometres to the east.
* 6 months of production for 2007
The majority of gold concentrate derived from Jokisivu and Kaapelinkulma ore is being processed at the Svartliden Plant in Sweden, with only a small portion of concentrate delivered to the Boliden Harjavalta Smelter in southern Finland.
A new Environment Permit was issued on 12 March 2020, following a lengthy process. The new permit contained much stricter permit conditions for crushing than the previous permit, which forced Company to submit an appeal. The Environmental Permit from 2008 is still valid, whilst the appeal is being processed.
The Company has however received permission to process ore from Kaapelinkulma at the Vammala Plant and to continue processing at a rate of 300,000 tonnes per annum following the submission of a proposal outlining improved actions relating to water management around the Vammala site and additional information pertaining to Kaapelinkulma ore to the Centre for Economic Development, Transport and the Environment (“the ELY Centre”). The ELY Centre considered both activities as acceptable and have provided the permission to undertake these whilst a decision on the new Environmental Permit for the Vammala Plant is pending.