Nordic and Epiroc to partner on Blötberget

Miner Nordic Iron Ore and equipment maker Epiroc Sweden have agreed to partner on development of the former’s historic Blötberget project in central Sweden.
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Blötberget was actively mined up until 1979

Iron Ore's CEO Lennart Eliasson said the collaboration will be particularly useful for the mine's design.

"Blötberget will be a modern mine deploying the latest technologies, where high productivity and safety and long-term sustainability are very important factors, " he added.

The mineral resources in Blötberget down to the 800-meter level are estimated at 45,4 million tonnes of 41.7% iron.

The mineralization in the Blötberget is a so-called "apatite iron oxide ore" which, besides the iron mineral magnetite and hematite, also contains the phosphorus mineral apatite, which previously caused problems in the production of iron before the invention of the Thomas process.

Most of the mining in the Blötberget mine before its closing in 1979 was above the 240 m level. Nordic Iron Ore plans to restart mining operations at 420 m level as the new main level.

"We are very much looking forward to continuing the close collaboration with Nordic Iron Ore and that we get the opportunity to offer the most sustainable and productive solutions for the mining project,"  said Lars Senf at Epiroc Sweden.