Sokli IBL Study Update
The Sokli IBL Update project was aimed to update the IBL Study carried out by Destia Ltd in 2008–09, which was based on a scenario where the concentrator plant was located in connection with the mine and the product was transported by rail via Salla to the Kemi port.
The Sokli IBL Update project examined the possibility to carry out the concentration of ore in Kovdor, Russia, that has a pre-existing rail connection to the Murmansk Port. Rail transport was explored as a possible way to transport ore to Russia. Comparisons were made to pipeline transport, which was examined as an alternative method. Destia was responsible for the designing of the entire mine area in cooperation with the engineering, project management and consulting company CTS Engtec Oy.
Destia's assignment included the drying and excavation of the ore and the homogenisation of crushing and, in the pipeline transport option, the planning of the grinding of the ore and slurry makedown. In the rail transport option, the work involved the designing of the loading process. Also included in the assignment was the design of the mine infrastructure, i.e. the roads, dams, reservoirs, pipe systems and buildings required by the mining operations and other necessary equipment.
The Sokli IBL Study Update project compared the rail and pipeline transport options with reference to investment and operating costs and their functionality in practice. At the same time, the investment and operating costs were compared to the original IBL Study.
The Sokli phosphorus deposit is located in the municipality of Savukoski. The deposit is a carbonatite massif of some 365 million years of age with a surface area of some 20 km2. The mining rights are owned by Yara Finland Oy.
More information: Mr. Raimo Vikstedt, Director of Metal&Mining, CTS Engtec, mob. +358 40 5944 285